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Netflix’s Sophie Toscan du Plantier doc a ‘negative attack on my character,’ says Ian Bailey

20th June 2021

Ian Bailey is sitting in the back garden of The Prairie, his home in West Cork. It is his first time back here since he left earlier this week, having broken up with his former partner, Jules Thomas.Ian Bailey wearing a hat© Provided by Extra.ie

He has been living for the last few days in bed and breakfasts in Schull for €40 a night, granted to him at that price as long as he provides his own breakfast.

He has few savings and he is very tense when he first arrives back at The Prairie. He looks relieved that nobody is around and quickly goes upstairs to change his shirt before coming back down to the kitchen.Ian Bailey wearing a hat: Ian Bailey has slammed the Netflix documentary on the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier as a ‘negative attack’ on his character. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey has slammed the Netflix documentary on the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier as a ‘negative attack’ on his character. Pic: Collins Courts

He turns to me: ‘Can I offer you coffee?’ I tell him that I’m trying to stay off it but I suggest that he have one. He flashes at me: ‘No! I don’t… Nobody tells me what to do! I’m really on f*****g fire at the moment with all this s*** so don’t tell me what to do, please!’

I am surprised by the suddenness of the outburst and he immediately calms down.

Sorry, so we’ll chat,’ he says, and suggests we go to the shed to look at his law books, which he is trying to sell before he moves out of Jules’s house.

His tension is palpable and he is under a lot of pressure, as anyone would be at the end of a long-term relationship that also means moving home.

On the way here, he had pulled over suddenly at the side of the road. I was following in a car behind and also pulled over. He looked distressed when I reached his car.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier sitting in a chair talking on the phone: A tabloid newspaper had published an interview with an unnamed, retired senior Garda who says that the Gardai were too hasty to name Bailey as a suspect in the killing of French film producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier (picutred), in 1996 Pic: PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie A tabloid newspaper had published an interview with an unnamed, retired senior Garda who says that the Gardai were too hasty to name Bailey as a suspect in the killing of French film producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier (picutred), in 1996 Pic: PA Wire

At the weekend, a tabloid newspaper had published an interview with an unnamed, retired senior Garda who says that the Gardai were too hasty to name Bailey as a suspect in the killing of French film producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, in 1996. The unnamed Garda suggested that the real killer is likely still in West Cork and hiding a dark secret.

When I walked over to his car to find out why Bailey pulled over, he was agitated and emotional.

‘I had to pull over because when an idea comes to me I must act on it. For 25 years, I have been dealing with this, Jules has been dealing with this and it has ruined my life and this interview with the Garda is finally allowing some truth to come out,’ he told me.

He asked me to go back to my car while he made a phone call about the tabloid interview and I could see his hands swinging up and down as he spoke on the phone before he drove off again.

We have been meeting for the last few days in West Cork and he has invited me back to the cottage.

He has reason to be tense — there have been two books released recently about Sophie’s murder.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier posing for the camera: In May 2109 Bailey was convicted in absentia in Paris for the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie In May 2109 Bailey was convicted in absentia in Paris for the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire

Cork journalist Ralph Riegel’s book, A Dream Of Death, is the most prominent book on the shelves of the Centra store in Schull, with its own advertising banner above the other works. Bailey sees it every time he goes in there.

Murder At Roaringwater by British journalist Nick Foster is the more recent release and clearly identifies Bailey as the murderer, something which greatly upset him — and which Bailey has always denied — especially as he had helped the author with numerous interviews.

Local interest in the murder is still intense. Outside a coffee shop the previous day, I heard a man and woman with strong Kerry accents discussing the Du Plantier case, unaware that Bailey had sat at that same spot just the day before.

‘Do you remember when I drove up there to Sophie’s house and sprinkled holy water for her?’ the man asks. ‘I do, of course,’ the woman says, before they have an in-depth discussion about Marie Farrell, the shop owner who claimed to Gardai that she saw Bailey at Kealfadda Bridge on the night of the murder, a claim she later retracted.

At the Airbnb where I am staying, the family who run it say they were good friends with Sophie and have fond memories of seeing her hiking in the area. They, too, have their strong opinions about Bailey, which are only intensified by the latest rounds of media publicity.

‘The Foster book was the final straw for Jules, I think,’ Bailey says of the media publicity and the break up of his relationship.a person standing in front of a building: Local interest in the murder is still intense. Outside a coffee shop the previous day, I heard a man and woman with strong Kerry accents discussing the Du Plantier case, unaware that Bailey had sat at that same spot just the day before. Pic: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Local interest in the murder is still intense. Outside a coffee shop the previous day, I heard a man and woman with strong Kerry accents discussing the Du Plantier case, unaware that Bailey had sat at that same spot just the day before. Pic: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jules Thomas had wanted him to stop doing interviews, to dampen the media interest that has only increased in volume in recent years. The more Bailey protests his innocence, the more publicity it generates, the more he and Jules are discussed in Schull and the surrounding area.

But the story keeps being retold, in books, podcasts and now two new TV documentaries. On Sunday, Sky will release award-winning film director Jim Sheridan’s five-part documentary about the murder.

Sheridan’s series will explore the findings of a Director of Public Prosecutions report, which strongly criticised some Gardai for botching the investigation and for putting too much emphasis on placing Bailey as a suspect.

The five-part series, to be broadcast on Sky Crime and streamed on Now TV, is called Murder At The Cottage: The Search For Justice For Sophie and will include interviews with Bailey.a person wearing a hat: Bailey believes the Netflix documentary on the woman’s murder — which was created in close partnership with Sophie’s family — will be a ‘negative attack piece on me and my character’ he said, despite agreeing to be interviewed for it. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Bailey believes the Netflix documentary on the woman’s murder — which was created in close partnership with Sophie’s family — will be a ‘negative attack piece on me and my character’ he said, despite agreeing to be interviewed for it. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

On Thursday, Netflix released the trailer for its rival documentary, Sophie: A Murder In West Cork, which will be released on June 30.

It has been created in close partnership with Sophie’s family, and will be a ‘negative attack piece on me and my character’ says Bailey, who also agreed to be interviewed for it.

Every month, journalists descend on Schull to speak to Bailey and visit the Du Plantier house. In just the last two weeks a freelance journalist flew over from the UK to meet him, a Norwegian journalist has been writing a long-form magazine piece about interviewing Bailey, and Jim Sheridan’s assistant has been with him for several days.

The story has all the elements of a TV thriller – a beautiful, wealthy French woman killed in an isolated Irish country lane and an eccentric, charming murder suspect who pleads his innocence. Bailey says there has been particular interest from Scandinavia.

‘I don’t know if it’s the influence of Scandinavian noir, but they have a fascination with this story,’ he says. ‘I’ve appeared on blogs and stuff. Not me directly but, you know, the case. I’ve got this strange, parallel existence. There is me, and there is this perception of me from the media.

‘I get a lot of support. I get far more support than… not support,’ he says.

The publicity has now made it almost impossible for him to rent accommodation in West Cork although he is adamant he will not leave the area now that Jules has asked him to leave her cottage.

West Cork is his favourite part of Ireland and he cannot leave the State because he could be arrested and extradited to France, where, in 2019, he was convicted of murdering Sophie, and sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison.a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: The publicity has now made it almost impossible for him to rent accommodation in West Cork although he is adamant he will not leave the area now that Jules has asked him to leave her cottage. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie The publicity has now made it almost impossible for him to rent accommodation in West Cork although he is adamant he will not leave the area now that Jules has asked him to leave her cottage. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Several times now, he says, he has tried to get accommodation in West Cork but was rejected once landlords discovered who he was.

‘I know there are people out there who are anti me,’ he says. ‘On two occasions I found a small flat in Skibbereen. I used my initials IKB to apply and when I tell them who I am, all of a sudden, guess what? The flats are not available any more.

‘I can understand that in a way. As a landlord, if you believe me innocent, would you want me as a tenant? That’s another problem that an ordinary person wouldn’t have.’

I wonder if there is part of him that deliberately brought on all of this publicity, which led to him becoming an early suspect?

‘I don’t know. I wonder sometimes,’ he says, but concedes that Gardai know about his violence towards Jules, which contributed to their suspicions about him.

‘For the Gardai, there were instances of, if you want to call it, domestic violence. Drinks had been taken… Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had that kind of relationship quite often. They divorced and got remarried.Ian Bailey wearing a hat: ‘I can understand that in a way. As a landlord, if you believe me innocent, would you want me as a tenant? That’s another problem that an ordinary person wouldn’t have.’ Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie ‘I can understand that in a way. As a landlord, if you believe me innocent, would you want me as a tenant? That’s another problem that an ordinary person wouldn’t have.’ Pic: Collins Courts

We sit down at the table in the back garden.

‘I’m doing the best I can,’ he says of his attempts to find a new home.

‘I’m still a cuckoo in the nest and she [Jules] understands that I don’t have anywhere to go to.

‘But I understand I have to go and I’m trying to move all my things out.’

Of Jules’s beautifully maintained flower garden he says: ‘Well, I did a lot of the garden myself. I’m really going to miss it, but it’s history now.’

He picks up the phone to leave a voicemail for the owner of the B&B. The 64-year-old feels tense at The Prairie and has decided to stay away for another night.

‘Hi, it’s Ian, I hope you found the money behind the counter,’ he says into the phone. ‘Jules and family are still here and I’m wondering if you have a room for tonight. Can I provisionally book it? Give me a call once you have found the money and the room is available. Go raibh míle maith agat. Slán.’

He is determined to stay away ‘to avoid the dreadfulness of the domestic situation. For me, it’s more important to have peace of mind and not have to argue with people.’a man wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: ‘After 25 years, the truth is going to come out. He was not just a retired Garda, but a senior cold case investigator.’ Pic: Niall Carson/PA/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie ‘After 25 years, the truth is going to come out. He was not just a retired Garda, but a senior cold case investigator.’ Pic: Niall Carson/PA/PA Wire

The tabloid interview with the anonymous Garda is keeping him animated.

That’s going to be a f*****g game-changer, that piece of information, I know it is. It’s the answer to my prayers.

‘And I am going to go on the offensive now. I’m going to write to [Garda Commissioner] Drew Harris this week with a copy of the article. It’s pretty emphatic, hard stuff.

‘The Garda said it on the record, anonymously. That is good. After 25 years, the truth is going to come out. He was not just a retired Garda, but a senior cold case investigator.

‘And all those f*****s who have written bad books, well, just a little bit more needs to come out and they are going to be worried.’

His phone accidentally switches to speaker and appears to be accidentally dialling out.

‘F*** it!’ he says as he tries twice to switch it off.

‘My head is a bit all over the place with everything that is going on — privately, physically, psychologically.

‘I’m a bit tired too, and irascible. Men have emotions too — we have three of them: tired, horny and hungry. That’s a joke.’

Fred has to put his paw into the Fray, the night of the showing of Murder at the Cottage on Sky Crime at 9.00 (must watch). Listened to famous Film Director Jim Sheridan: I am wondering about the silence he referred to and the woman had given the damning evidence that was withdrawn. She spoke of a man about 5′ 8″ in a beret…conjures up a French man and maybe even an illicit pre Christmas rendezvous, undercover. Schull being the ideal haven away from France.

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