Fred’s summary of Jim Sheridan’s Documentary Murder at the Cottage; Justice for Sophie du Plantier (and I add for Ian Bailey) and the many questions that remain unanswered for 25 years. We also cannot forget Ian’s former partner, Jules Thomas, the pain and the suffering that she went through for all the years too. She is confirmed as saying in no way does she believe Ian was involved in that murder.
25 years on Ian Bailey is still seen by many as the Chief Suspect of the Murder at The Cottage. The woman’s name was Sophie du Plantier. Ian Bailey is also seen by others, especially in Cork and beyond, as the killer; I have heard it too many times in cafes, hotels, from people who never visited Cork in their lives.
Let’s put this into some perspective. Ian Bailey as I write this is an Innocent man as the legal facts of Ireland state. I am referring to our DPP and the words of Mr Hamilton and also at the time our AG Mr Barnes. There is no evidence to bring any charges against Mr Bailey, let alone a conviction. Yet some journalists write the opposite. Why? Only they know.
In France, we know their system of law is completely different to Irish law. They conducted a trial and convicted Ian Bailey in his absence and demanded his extradition to France to serve a 25 year sentence. Of course, my sympathy goes out to the family of Sophie du Plantier, especially her parents, her brother, her son and friends but also you have to give some compassion to Mr Bailey; he may have an ego; he may court the media but does make him Guilty. NO.
Now, all these years ago, our Gardai in Cork had no idea how to establish a crime scene; they had no proper trained forensic officers in Cork and they had to rely on two officers to come down from Dublin on the 23rd December. The journey was 5 hours. When they got there – Bandon station was empty. This is beyond belief. Here we have the first murder in a hundred years and no Garda via phone to take calls. Then we have the “missing gate” – Nobody has ever been able to explain this and then there are another 32 items missing which were vital to the investigation of the murder.
Retired senior officer Dermot Dwyer, in my opinion, did not come across in a professional manner in the Jim Sheridan documentary. I have no doubts he is a decent man but he was way out of his depth in this investigation. To leave a body out in the rain for two days and two nights raises questions that would fill a room.
Then we have the rumours; we have a “Fickle” Marie Farrell who was promised a house by the Gardai; along with other promises providing she pin-pointed Bailey as the man she saw on the bridge on the night in question.
I will end as I began: it is heartbreaking for the family of Sophie but also Ian Kenneth Bailey has stood in the Dock for 25 years on foot of gossip, back-stabbing, and unprofessional policing. One source recently told me that the French gendarmes along with Sophie’s late husband, looked at our Gardai, as stone age hillbillies (you only have to look at he body language, when Mon du Plantier eventually visited Ireland). We all are very aware of the French and their arrogance and also I will quote Sophie’s brother – “Why did her husband stay in France and not come to Ireland where his wife was the centre of a murder crime investigation. To be continued.Fred Bassett