From top: Ian Bailey; The home of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier Schull, County Cork in December, 1996
The GSOC report states that in 2013 its investigators received documentation from the gardaí which outlined an extensive list of significant documents — including witness statements and 22 exhibits — that can no longer be located.
These include a blood-spattered gate taken from close to where Ms Du Plantier’s body was found; a French wine bottle discovered in a field next to the murder scene; and a black overcoat belonging to Ian Bailey.
A total of 139 original statements are missing from witnesses and include original memos of interviews with Jules Thomas and Marie Farrell.
…GSOC investigators also discovered that other “miscellaneous items” are missing which include a diary belonging to Ian Bailey and tape recordings/transcripts of conversations between Ian Bailey and a foreign journalist.
The GSOC report also expressed concern that there are pages missing from the original garda ‘Jobs Books’ in relation to the murder investigation.
…GSOC said their concern is further compounded by the fact that the specific pages missing are from the time when Mr Bailey seems to have first been identified as a potential suspect and as such they are potentially very significant.
Ian Bailey, is to make an exclusive appearance with a public interview with at the Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic.
Bailey was arrested twice in relation to the 1996 murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, however he has never been charged and has always strongly protested his innocence.
Appearing at the Hot Press Chatroom at 2pm on Saturday, September 2 Bailey will be interviewed by Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyaransen, in a conversation that will offer an absolutely fascinating insight into one of the most debated cases in modern Irish history.
Earlier this year, Tyaransen carried out a comprehensive interview with Bailey in Hot Press, which laid bare the toll the case has taken on his life. You can read the article in full at the link below.
Following the High Court refusal this morning to grant the extradition of Ian Bailey to face trial in France for the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (top)….
Anne-Louise Foley writes:
In The Du Plantier Case, a new RTÉ One documentary which airs tonight, the son of Sophie Toscan du Plantier talks about the impact of her death on him and his family. Pierre-Louis was 14 when the French film producer was found brutally murdered in West Cork.
The programme also hears unprecedented testimony from Sophie’s mother Marguerite Bouniol and her brother Bertrand.
The High Court refused to order Ian Bailey’s extradition to France. However, it is still possible that he will be tried ‘in absentia’ in Paris.
Reporter Philip Boucher Hayes also interviews Mr Bailey along with his partner Jules Thomas.
The Du Plantier Case airs tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm
Ian Bailey arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.
The French authorities are attempting, for the second time, to have Mr Bailey extradited to France, to face trial over the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier west Cork, in 1996.
Mr Bailey has always denied any involvement in her death.
Yesterday, Mr Bailey’s lawyers told the High Court that the question of Mr Bailey’s extradition to France had already been decided by the Supreme Court in 2012 and that the second attempt was an abuse of process.
Ian Bailey with his partner Jules Thomas arrive at the Four Courts. The jury in Ian Bailey’s High Court action was sent out to consider a verdict today. Mr Bailey is looking for damage over his alleged wrongful arrest as part of the investigation into the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts this morning
Breaking News reports:
“The jury in the former journalist’s [Ian Bailey’s] damages action for wrongful arrest over the French film producer’s death has been listening to a series of phone calls taped at Bandon garda station. In June 25, 1997, Det Sgt Liam Hogan and Chief Superintendent Sean Camon discuss preparing the book of evidence for the Director of Public Prosecutions in the du Plantier murder case.
In their recorded conversation about Ian Bailey, Sgt Hogan says all they have is “very weak circumstantial evidence”. He tells his superior “unless we break Jules” it is “a 50/50…we need her broken”, in what appears to be a clear reference to Mr Bailey’s partner Jules Thomas. Liam Hogan, now deceased, also talks about going back to “fill in” statements.”