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.

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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

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Evidence went missing but ‘no proof Bailey was framed’
Gsoc report cites serious failings in Garda investigation into 1996 west Cork killing
Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 20:11 Updated: Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 20:36
Barry Roche in Cork


The failings in the
                        investigation included the disappearance of a
                        blood-spattered gate, taken from close to where
                        Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s body was found. The failings in the investigation included the disappearance of a blood-spattered gate, taken from close to where Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s body was found.



 
 
A report from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) is highly critical of the handling of the Garda investigation into the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier but has found no evidence gardaí tried to frame Ian Bailey for her murder.
The body of Ms du Plantier (39) was found close to a laneway near her holiday home outside Schull, in Co Cork, two days before Christmas 1996. The film producer was found dressed in her nightclothes and she had been badly beaten. She had died from multiple head injuries.
Mr Bailey, an English journalist who had moved to west Co Cork in 1991, was arrested and questioned, and in September 1997 a file was sent to the director of public prosecutions, who directed that no charges be brought. Mr Bailey has always denied any involvement in the killing, and he has claimed that the Garda tried to frame him.
A French investigative team pictured at the scene of
          Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder near Schull, west Cork in
          1996. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision A French investigative team pictured at the scene of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder near Schull, west Cork in 1996. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
The Gsoc report, released yesterday, said the number of statements and exhibits that have gone missing suggested the investigation was not properly managed, particularly in relation to the incident room set up to investigate the killing.
“The witness statements provided to Gsoc from senior Garda members do not indicate clearly who was in charge of the investigation from the outset and through the enquiry and who was responsible for making the strategic decisions – including the arrest plans,” it said.
However, it concluded there was no evidence to support claims by Ian Bailey, his partner Jules Thomas and witness Marie Farrell that the Garda investigation into Ms Toscan du Plantier’s murder in west Cork in 1996 was corrupt.

“While there was evidence of a lack of administration and management of aspects of the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, there was no evidence of the high-level corruption by gardaí alleged by the complainants,” said the Gsoc investigators.

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