Bailey has just told the French, to Go and Kiss his English Ass.

Posted by

Ian Bailey: I won’t testify in France about hitman

2nd July 2021

Ian Bailey has strongly rejected an invitation to travel to France to give evidence about his claims that an alleged hitman was hired to kill Sophie Toscan du Plantier.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, Ian Bailey looking at the camera© Provided by Extra.ie

And he said the du Plantier family lawyer who issued the invitation can ‘pòg mo thòin’.

A French court convicted him in absentia of murdering filmmaker Ms du Plantier in 2019, but he would be entitled to a new trial if he appeared in person.Ian Bailey wearing a hat: Ian Bailey has strongly rejected an invitation to travel to France to give evidence about his claims that an alleged hitman was hired to kill Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey has strongly rejected an invitation to travel to France to give evidence about his claims that an alleged hitman was hired to kill Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Pic: Collins Courts

Speaking on Thursday, Ian Bailey reasserted that the Director of Public Prosecutions here rejected the Garda case against him in a strongly worded report in 2001.

‘The second point I would like to make is that the French then took that Garda evidence, despite it being completely rejected by the DPP, and then used it to build a case against me,’ he said.

Finally, the Irish High Court, backed by the Supreme Court, has three times said that I should not be extradited to France and rejected the French case against me as having no place in Irish law. My response to this French lawyer is a three-word Irish expression and that is “pòg mo thòin”.’Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier sitting in a chair talking on the phone: A French court convicted Ian Bailey in absentia of murdering filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 2019. Pic: PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie A French court convicted Ian Bailey in absentia of murdering filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 2019. Pic: PA Wire

The du Plantier family lawyer, Alain Spilliaert, this week challenged Ian Bailey to come to France with his information that a hitman killed Sophie.

Mr Spilliaert said if Mr Bailey has information about the 1996 murder, he should travel to France and present it at a new trial for the murder of Ms du Plantier.

Mr Bailey is entitled to a new trial under French law if he appears in person as the ‘in absentia’ verdict would be struck out.Ian Bailey wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a coat: Ian Bailey said the du Plantier family lawyer who issued the invitation can ‘pòg mo thòin’. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey said the du Plantier family lawyer who issued the invitation can ‘pòg mo thòin’. Pic: Collins Courts

‘Ian Bailey was convicted in his absence in the Cour d’Assise in Paris in May 2019 of the voluntary homicide of Sophie Toscan du Plantier but if he were to come to

France, he would have the opportunity to have a new trial where he would be legally represented,’ Mr Spilliaert is quoted as telling the Irish Times on Thursday.

‘If he believes that Sophie Toscan du Plantier was killed by a French hitman and he has information to that effect, then he should come to France, surrender to the French authorities and he could present whatever evidence he had on this hitman to the new trial.’Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier posing for the camera: The du Plantier family lawyer, Alain Spilliaert, this week challenged Ian Bailey to come to France with his information that a hitman killed Sophie. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie The du Plantier family lawyer, Alain Spilliaert, this week challenged Ian Bailey to come to France with his information that a hitman killed Sophie. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire

Mr Spilliaert added: ‘If he believes Sophie Toscan du Plantier was killed by a French hitman, who went to west Cork to murder her with a rock, let him gather his evidence, surrender himself to the French authorities and present the evidence at a new trial in Paris and we can have a normal legal debate on it in court.’

Mr Bailey was never charged with the murder in Ireland after the DPP rejected the Garda case against him as based on a prejudicial interpretation of facts.

Mr Bailey told several newspapers, that he believed a hitman travelled from France.

He repeated the claim to Jim Sheridan on the recent Sky Crime series Murder At The Cottage, a five-part series about Ms du Plantier’s murder in Schull in 1996.Jim Sheridan et al. sitting in a room: Jim Sheridan with Ian Bailey in Sky Crime series Murder At The Cottage. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios© Provided by Extra.ie Jim Sheridan with Ian Bailey in Sky Crime series Murder At The Cottage. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios

Mr Spilliaert said that Mr Bailey could also call key witness, Marie Farrell, to give evidence on his behalf – including her recent claim that a man she saw on the night of the murder looked Middle Eastern. Ms Farrell became a major witness in the case after she said she saw a man on a bridge less than 3km from Ms du Plantier’s house at 3am that morning.

Ms Farrell made her recent comment about the Middle Easternlooking man as she was driving past the bridge with Mr Sheridan for his documentary series.

According to the Irish Mirror, Ms Farrell recognised the man as being known to Ms Toscan du Plantier’s husband Daniel when she was shown a photograph of him and gave his name to gardaí when they took a new statement from her last month.

Mr Bailey told the Irish Mirror last month: ‘I suspect the hitman is from France – it was always one of the theories in the case but it was never seriously followed up by the gardaí.’

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s