Ian Bailey claims Gardai alerted him to harm threat at market stall in Schull
Ian Bailey has claimed that Gardai warned him that someone had threatened to harm him at his market stall in Schull over the weekend.
Mr Bailey continued to operate his stall yesterday and remained calm in the wake of the alleged threat saying he was “not in fear”.
The Manchester born journalist also claimed that that two plain clothes gardai and one uniformed garda were ‘keeping an eye’ on him yesterday.
The 64 year old told The Star yesterday “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.
Mr Bailey said he was informed yesterday morning while setting up his market stall at Schull Farmers Market 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.
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.”
Mr Bailey was arrested by gardaí in respect of the Sophie Toscan du Plantier investigation in 1997 and 1998 but was released without charge on both occasions.
He has always protested his innocence and maintained that sinister attempts were made to frame him.
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.”