Ian Bailey Speaks out again; this time he may take Legal Action against Netflix over the Documentary?

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Ian Bailey still considering legal action against Netflix over ‘biased’ documentary on Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

31st July 2021

Ian Bailey says he is still considering taking legal action against Netflix over its “biased” documentary on the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The 64-year-old, who was convicted of her killing in absentia in France, described the three-part true crime series as a “piece of self-serving propaganda”.

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork was released a week after Jim Sheridan’s five-part documentary, Murder at the Cottage, both about the murder on December 23, 1996.

Bailey told the Cheap Heat podcast: “I knew the Netflix was going to be biased, demonising piece of self serving propaganda.

“My lawyers are looking at a particular aspect of it that features a long black coat that I used to possess.

“The suggestion is it was probably the coat I wore when I committed the crime that I had nothing to do with and that I destroyed it in a fire.

“Yet in the footage of Christmas Day swim it’s quite clear that I’m seen and filmed and I’m wearing a long black coat.

“Yet the chief detective in the case who put me in the frame in the Netflix production is saying that I burnt the coat.

“My lawyers are looking at that at the moment with the view of possibly taking a legal action.”

In Murder at the Cottage Jim Sheridan puts the question about the coat to Bailey’s former partner Jules Thomas.

She replies that Gardai took the coat into evidence, and it was then cut into dozens of little squares, but no blood was found.

But in the Netflix documentary viewers are told that Bailey’s long black coat was burned four days after the murder – on December 26 – to destroy forensic evidence.Ian Bailey wearing a hat: Sophie Toscan du Plantier© Collins Courts Sophie Toscan du Plantier

When Gardai first arrested Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas in February 1997 they collected and listed a number of pieces of potential evidence.

A detective garda packed Bailey’s long black coat in a brown paper evidence bag and labelled it ‘PJ 24’ – six weeks after Bailey had supposedly burned it.

A garda also confirmed he’d seen Bailey on New Year’s Eve wearing the coat, five days after he was rumoured to have thrown it on a bonfire.

Sixteen years after the murder, a GSOC report on how Gardai handled the case listed exhibits held by police.

The third item was a “black overcoat belonging to Ian Bailey”. It was one of the many exhibits Gardai ‘lost’.

Ian Bailey said: “This thing has caused so much of a schism over the years, it’s divided the town.

“So many lies were told by the Gardai who went around the community saying it was Ian Bailey who murdered her.

“It’s left a really sad, dark scar on West Cork, probably the most beautiful place in the world.”

A spokeswoman for Netflix said they had no comment.

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