Ian Bailey claims gardai warned him over harm threat at market stall
1st August 2021
Former journalist Ian Bailey – who was a key suspect in the murder of French film maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier – has claimed gardai warned him that someone threatened to harm him at his market stall.
Bailey, who has always denied any involvement in Sophie’s death, remained calm yesterday in the wake of the alleged threat and remained defiant by continuing to operate his stall.
The Manchester-born freelance journalist – who has been thrown into the spotlight again following the recent release of two TV documentaries about the murder of Sophie – also claimed that two plain clothes gardai and one uniformed garda were ‘keeping an eye’ on him yesterday.
Mr Bailey, 64, a poet and law graduate, also said he is “not really in fear.”
“I don’t do fear,” he told The Star yesterday.
Mr Bailey said he was informed yesterday morning while setting up his market stall at Schull Farmers Market in Cork by two members of An Garda Siochana that information was received that someone had made a threat to harm him at the market.
“I was informed this morning (Sunday) while setting up my stall,” he said.
“Two very polite members of An Garda Siochana came across to me and told me they had received information in the form of a recorded message at Schull Garda Station last night (Saturday) that someone was making a threat or that someone was reporting that someone was threatening to do me harm at the market.
When asked if he is going to continue with his market stall, a defiant Mr Bailey said: “I am still doing the market. I have two plain clothes gardai keeping an eye on me and one uniformed garda to the right of me. So if there is anything I am well protected,” he said.
When asked if he is in fear, he replied: “Not really, no. I don’t do fear.
“Fear is one of the emotions I have learnt not to do.”
“I don’t know if it’s a credible threat or a crank or something but check in with me later and make sure I am still alive,” he said.
In a statement to The Star, An Garda Siochana stated it does not comment on named individuals or unverified speculation.
However, the statement continued: “An Garda Siochana considers any suggestion in respect of the threat to use violence and/or perpetration of violence in a general sense or against named individuals or organisations as a matter of serious concern and could potentially be subject to criminal investigation in respect of such matters.”
He has always protested his innocence and maintained that sinister attempts were made to frame him.
Mr Bailey was arrested by gardaí in respect of the du Plantier investigation in 1997 and 1998 but was released without charge on both occasions.
He was convicted in absentia of the killing by a Paris court in May 2019 after a prosecution he dismissed as “a show trial” and “a mockery of justice.”
And in the wake of the Netflix documentary ‘Sophie: A Murder in West Cork’ he says he is still considering taking legal action against the makers over its ‘biasedness’
He 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 legal action,” he said.
24 items have gone missing:- What investigations were done? Where is the Gate? How do you lose a gate with the blood of the victim (no finger prints) disappear? Maeve Sheehan referred to a bottle of wine found in the field (not bought in Ireland but in the Duty Free) – it too went missing?