Bailey calls for people to sign petition relating to Toscan du Plantier case
Ian Bailey has called on people to sign a petition urging for a cold case review into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
The case has been thrust into the spotlight once again following the release of two documentaries on Sky and Netflix exploring the brutal murder.
In 1996, the French film producer’s body was found outside her home near Schull in Co Cork, just two days before Christmas.
The 39-year-old woman had been badly beaten and died from multiple head injuries.
Ian Bailey was the former prime suspect in the case and was convicted of the murder of Mrs Toscan du Plantier in his absence in a Paris court in 2019.
Late last year, the High Court ruled that Ian Bailey cannot be extradited to France in connection with the murder of the Frenchwoman.
Now, the journalist is calling on Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to launch a cold case review of the murder.
‘There is now an online petition organized by a third party called JUSTICE FOR SOPHIE… JUSTICE FOR IAN….the organisers of the petition intend sending it to Commissioner Drew Harris urging him to establish a Cold Case Review…so if anybody is sympathetic to the situation signon,’ he wrote on his Twitter Ian Kenneth Bailey
The Change.org petition states: ‘We the undersigned request that you reopen a full, thorough & unbiased investigation of the murder of Sophie Tuscan Du Plantier.
‘The investigation was handled in the most unprofessional, inappropriate & appalling way. Many avenues were not explored.’
It concludes: ‘ Ian Bailey who has protested his innocence for over 20 years is owed a chance to clear his name and the family of Sophie true justice’
Speaking to Extra.ie previously, Ian Bailey said a cold case review was ‘inevitable’.
‘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 call 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.’