Ian Bailey says no one has gone through what he has ‘other than Jesus Christ’
The English journalist was accused of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork and says he is innocent and is praying for the “truth to come out” about the case.
Ian Bailey says he is praying for the “truth to come out” about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier as he requests a review of the case.
The English journalist wrote to the Garda Commissioner for a third time requesting that Sophie’s case be reviewed due to new evidence he claims has been found.
It is believed that the director of Sky’s documentary ‘Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie’, Jim Sheridan, found new evidence while making the series.
Speaking to the Irish Sunday Mirror, Ian spoke about his life over the past 25 years saying: “I don’t think anybody in the world has gone through what I’ve gone through other than Jesus Christ.”
He did go on to clarify the statement explaining: “I’m not saying I’m like Jesus Christ.”
The 64-year-old shared that the reason he believes this is due to being accused of murder: “But for a quarter of a century I’ve been falsely accused of a crime I had nothing to do with.”
“I’ve done my best at every twist and turn to deal with it but it’s exhausting. The murderer could well be dead, but I don’t know.”
Ian said he wasn’t the person that committed the crime but it was difficult “to prove a negative”.
He compared his experience during the investigation and years following it to those who have been falsely accused: “We’ve seen it with the Birmingham Six and the Guilford Four, an awful crime happens and the police have to come up with a suspect.”
Ian said his “prayer” for the last 25 years is that “the truth would come out” and called the accusation that he murdered Sophie “just a wicked dirty lie”.
He spoke about his hopes for the future of the case saying: “I’m hoping before I die that I receive vindication.”
Ian still resides in West Cork but is struggling to find a place to live: “I want to stay in West Cork. It’s always been pricey and full of yachties, but since Covid prices have almost doubled.”
He did dismiss the rumours that he was staying in his car: “No, I’m not living in my car, at least not yet. I’m not living in my car… down here false stories crop up like mushrooms out of a pile of s***e about me.”