Now it seems to be a Battle of Experience and Criminal Knowledge, Between Jim Sheridan and the Netflix in competition documentary. Watching Netflix: this is a shocking indictment of how the Irish Gardai handled this investigation, it is Swiss Cheese with so many holes that it is now wonder the French Legal system/magristrates found Ian Bailey “Guilty of the Murder” of Sophie du Plantier. Thankfully our legal system have made the right decision not to extradite him so that the French can imprison him for 25 years. Mr Bailey was found Guilty by the French “in Abstentia”. Based on the investigation in 1996 by An Garda Siochana, the DPP (based on Netflix portrayal) could not have found that Mr Bailey could go forward for Trial.

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Netflix’s Sophie documentary reveals family’s agony over murder

30th June 2021


The brother of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier has recalled the agonising moment his sister’s neighbour confirmed she had been found beaten to death near an isolated house in West Cork.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier et al. looking at the camera© Provided by Extra.ie

Bertrand Bouniol said Sophie’s neighbour, Josephine Hellen, was screaming down the phone and, at first, he could not understand what was happening until he asked her directly: ‘Was it Sophie?’

In the first part of a three-part Netflix series on the 1996 murder, released on Wednesday, the family recalled their panic after it was announced on the news that a French woman had been killed in Cork.a close up of a person: The brother of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier has recalled the agonising moment his sister’s neighbour confirmed she had been found beaten to death near an isolated house in West Cork. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix© Provided by Extra.ie The brother of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier has recalled the agonising moment his sister’s neighbour confirmed she had been found beaten to death near an isolated house in West Cork. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix

Sophie’s mother, Marguerite Bouniol, told the documentary crew that she told the others she believed her 39-year-old daughter had been murdered.

Even as news came through that the murder was in West Cork, Sophie’s aunt, Madeline Opalka, said she tried to convince the family that it might not be Sophie, saying there must be many French women in West Cork for Christmas.

Bertrand decided to call Sophie. ‘I called Sophie’s house. No one answered. Of course, that’s when things got tense. We were 90% sure it couldn’t be her,’ he said.a man looking at the camera: Bertrand Bouniol said Sophie’s neighbour, Josephine Hellen, was screaming down the phone and, at first, he could not understand what was happening until he asked her directly: ‘Was it Sophie?’ Pic: Netflix© Provided by Extra.ie Bertrand Bouniol said Sophie’s neighbour, Josephine Hellen, was screaming down the phone and, at first, he could not understand what was happening until he asked her directly: ‘Was it Sophie?’ Pic: Netflix

However, he added: ‘And then we had more information that it was in West Cork. Naturally, that’s when we started to worry.’

He then decided to call Sophie’s housekeeper and neighbour, Josephine Hellen.

He recalled: ‘I called ten to 15 times until I managed to get hold of her. I still remember vividly Josephine screaming in my ear. Between the accent, the shouting and maybe the emotion, I cut her off by asking her, “Was it Sophie or not Sophie?”a man sitting at a table: Sophie’s mother, Marguerite Bouniol, told the documentary crew that she told the others she believed her 39-year-old daughter had been murdered. Pic: Netflix© Provided by Extra.ie Sophie’s mother, Marguerite Bouniol, told the documentary crew that she told the others she believed her 39-year-old daughter had been murdered. Pic: Netflix

‘When she said, “It’s Sophie” – there your world turns upside down. We were stunned, all of us.

We had to tell [Sophie’s son] Pierre Louis, who was on holiday with his dad.’

Pierre Louis told the Netflix crews he was 15 at the time and preparing for Christmas with his father. ‘My dad came and told me. In the middle of the night, he woke me up to tell me,’ he recalled, before pausing as the emotion almost overcame him.a close up of a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Pierre Louis told the Netflix crews he was 15 at the time and preparing for Christmas with his father. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix© Provided by Extra.ie Pierre Louis told the Netflix crews he was 15 at the time and preparing for Christmas with his father. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix

‘The shock was like an electric shock, very powerful. I was a little boy, an only child.

‘I was extremely close to Mum because my parents divorced when I was one. So, for a long time, I lived with my mum during the week… We were very close, yes, very close. When she died, a little part of all of us crumbled.’

The series is less ambiguous than Jim Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Murder At The Cottage, which was released on Sky Crime last week.Ian Bailey wearing glasses and looking at the camera: The Netflix series paints Ian Bailey’s personality in very dark terms. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix© Provided by Extra.ie The Netflix series paints Ian Bailey’s personality in very dark terms. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix

While Sheridan strongly criticises the Garda investigation and is ambiguous about the prime suspect, Ian Bailey, the Netflix series focuses on Bailey as the likely killer.

While the series falls short of declaring him the murderer, it paints his personality in very dark terms.

A French court found Bailey guilty in 2019 of murdering Sophie Toscan du Plantier in December 1996 – a verdict that Bailey strongly rejects, and the Irish High Court has three times refused to extradite him.

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