Ian Bailey claims to know what happened to missing Sophie gate
Ian Bailey has said that the blood-stained gate in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case was destroyed by the National Forensic Lab.
Following the two documentaries on Sky and Netflix on the murder in West Cork, social media has been pervaded with questions about the gate that went missing during the Garda investigation.
The gate had a number of bloodstains on its bars, which were believed to be Mrs du Plantier’s blood.
Now Ian Bailey, the self-confessed prime suspect to the murder, has said that the gate was destroyed because it had no ‘evidential benefit’.
On his new Twitter account, Mr Bailey wrote: ‘Breaking nuacht…what is being called “Gate Gate” in whest cark…Sean Maloney has revealed the missing blood splattered Six Bar Gate…did not go missing it was destroyed by National Forensic Lab on basis it was of no evidential benefit…the plot thickens like a Busy GraveyTBC’
In 2018, policing watchdog Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission had reported on the missing evidence on the case, which included the gate, a French wine bottle found outside near the scene and Ian Bailey’s black coat.
Mrs du Plantier’s body was found close to the gate near her home outside Schull in Co Cork, just two days before Christmas in 1996.
The 39-year-old woman had been badly beaten and died from multiple head injuries.
Mr Bailey recently announced that he had written to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to order a cold case review of the Gardai’s investigation.
Speaking about reports that a cold case review was ‘inevitable’, the Manchester-born journalist told Extra.ie:
‘I haven’t heard formally from the commissioner’s office but, reacting to that particular report, if it’s true, and there is to be a comprehensive cold case review, I am clearly very pleased that my Breaking nuacht…what is being called “Gate Gate” in whest cark…Sean Maloney has revealed the missing blood splattered Six Bar Gate…did not go missing it was destroyed by National Forensic Lab on basis it was of no evidential benefit…the plot thickens like a Busy GraveyTBCcall for such a review has been acknowledged.
‘I would hope that when it is complete and all the information is considered, it may lead to an acknowledgement that I was falsely implicated as the murderer.
‘I have already said in my letter to Mr [Drew] Harris that any such investigation would receive 100% cooperation from me, from my former partner, Jules, and from my solicitor, Frank Buttimer. It won’t happen overnight but I’m very pleased it would appear it is now going to occur.’