‘Even if you did do it, Ian, you’re grand’ — Bailey claims locals support him regardless of guilt
Ian Bailey has claimed that some locals in west Cork told him, in reference to the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder: ‘Even if you did do it, Ian, you’re grand’.
The former journalist is in the news again following the release of two documentaries by Sky and Netflix about the murder of Mrs Toscan du Plantier in Schull in December, 1996.Advertisement
Mr Bailey has been connected to the crime since the start, despite the fact that there is no forensic evidence linking him to the murder and no charges in Ireland have ever been brought forward against him.
Despite the lack of evidence against Mr Bailey, he continues to be the main focus of much of the narrative around the case and he continues to speak about it.
In an interview with Niall Boylan on Classic Hits Radio, Mr Bailey claimed that some locals in west Cork told him that he was ‘grand’ even if he was involved in the murder – although he immediately informed them that he was not.
When asked how he was treated by the locals, he explained: ‘With the exception of a few of the, I call them that they were in the “he did it” camp, I have nothing but 100% support from the very good people of west Cork.
‘I won’t mention any names. There were a number of people who would gather together and a number of them made false statements — that doesn’t matter — but the majority of the people here have been absolutely brilliant in their support.
‘I had a lot of people coming up to me saying: “Fair play to you”. I even had a very funny thing with some of the local lads and I found it very strange altogether.
‘It was the fisherman and the farmers. They said: “Even if you did do it, Ian, you’re grand altogether”, which I found very strange.
‘I would say: “Hang on a second, I didn’t do it, but thank you very much anyway”.’
Mr Bailey addressed ‘alleged confessions’ he made about the murder, and elaborated that he was saying ‘Of course I did it, yeah’ in a sarcastic manner.
When questioned whether approaching the issue ‘jokingly’ was irresponsible, he added: ‘Yes very much so because a friend of mine said: “Ian, the one thing you’ve got to know about Irish people is they don’t do irony or satire”.
‘That’s my fault.’
Earlier in the chat, Mr Bailey said that despite a lack of evidence against him, Gardai wrongly had their sole focus on him throughout the investigation, as British authorities had on the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six in the mid-1970s.
‘You have to go back to the antecedence of the accusation and Dermot Dwyer in an interview, he said: “We knew who it was from day one”,’ he commented.
‘You have a case like what we call it in law — I went up to UCC, five of the best years of my life and studied three degrees in law — you have a result oriented investigation where you’ve already decided “I’m going to put [for example] Niall Boylan in the frame and no matter what other evidence comes up to show that he’s not, I’m going to ignore it”.
‘And it happened with the Birmingham Six and with the Guildford Four and it was exactly the same in this in case except I’m only one.
‘I’m the “West Cork One”, if you like, rather than the Guildford Four or the Birmingham Six.’