There are Certain People, Morons, Backstabbers, Gossipers who should Open their Eyes and think long and hard? This Murder at the Cottage, needs Closure, but with Hard Factual Evidence, not Fucking Local Bitter Gossip. The Gardai need to Wake up also, because back in 1996, they made a right Cock Up of the Crime Scene; Trained Cops my Arse? There must be forensic evidence to be gathered now with the advances in science. Commissioner Harris surely it is time for a Cold Case – this is within your remit.

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Three new suspects in the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier have been identified in new documentary

Three new suspects are identified in Sky’s new five-part series UP DATED BY FRED BASSETT.

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier (Image: Provision)

Three new suspects in the murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier have been identified in a new documentary.

One is Irish but has moved away from the scene of the horror crime, the other two are foreigners.

There is no hard evidence Ian Bailey, whose name has long been linked to the crime, was involved in the killing of the 38-year-old TV producer 25 years ago.

But he became a suspect because he had assaulted his partner Jules Thomas. He was also English, acted strange, was very much an outsider and was disliked by some in the bohemian community of Schull, West Cork.

Oscar-winner director Jim Sheridan spent five years making Murder At The Cottage, which will be shown in five parts on Sky Documentaries.

The film, which airs next month (Comment from Fred13-08-21 Documentaries already viewed in over 150 countries but Jim Sheridan’s Murder at the Cottage, Justice for Sophie du Plantier is coming out in the US in the next few weeks), re-examines the case to try and find justice for Sophie who was beaten to death outside her holiday home on December 23, 1996.

Sheridan and his team found gardai initially had 50 suspects but quickly narrowed down to Bailey. They discovered many elements of the inquiry were flawed, an accusation backed up by a Garda Ombudsman probe and that some documents were tampered with. (Where is wine bottle, not bought locally, most likely duty free that went missing with the gate and over 20+ other items which comprised evidence? says Fred)

Items, including a blood-splattered gate, went missing from the crime scene

A Sky source told the Mirror: “Bailey was the perfect suspect and gardai were under so much pressure, they just couldn’t put anyone else in the picture.

“They put the fear of God into the people of Schull and some gardai were telling locals Bailey was the killer and was going to strike again.

“However the documentary will show the Gardai never even considered the possibility of a French suspect even though Sophie herself was French. (Incredible says Fred, an affair of the heart couldn’t be ruled out and 5’8″ man with a beret conjures up a liaison dangereux organised to compensate for a Christmas not spent together by two French (or ?) lovers…I am Fred Bassett and I as a canine am entitled to conjure up interpretation of what is hidden from view because it is easy to take an English man and blame him, particularly as he appeared to act in a most open way, in fact without guile.)

Ian Bailey, left, leaving his solicitor’s office with his solicitor Con Murphy in Bandon, Co Cork

“The programme narrows it down to three different suspects, one of whom is Irish and who has moved to another part of the country, a second is French while the third is also a foreigner.”

The film will also show the murder destroyed two other lives – Bailey’s long time Lover Jules Thomas, who has now left him and Marie Farrell who had to leave Schull because of her association with the case.

She told how her witness statement was not what she originally told Gardai.

She came forward after seeing a man hitch-hiking not far from Sophie’s house on the day of the murder at Kealfadda Bridge, as she made her way home.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier (Image: PA)

Marie didn’t know Bailey then but her statement was changed to say she saw Bailey washing his boots at the bridge.

She claimed she was coerced into signing this version by someone desperate to put Bailey near the scene.

Marie also claimed Sophie was being followed on the day she died.

She came into her shop and the man kept staring in at her and followed Sophie after she left. The documentary also shines a spotlight on the differences between the French and the Irish justice systems.

It covered the French murder trial for Sophie in 2019 when Bailey – who has always maintained his innocence – was tried in his absence. https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.irishmirror.ie%2Fnews%2Fthree-new-suspects-murder-sophie-23950293&cre=bottom&cip=38&view=web

He won his extradition battle on the basis he wouldn’t get a fair trial.

He was right. The Cour d’Assises de Paris found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to 25 years in jail.

Ian Bailey arrives at the High Court in Dublin (Image: Collins Courts)

The French tried to get the Government to extradite him again to serve his sentence last year but failed.

Sheridan who narrates the documentary tells viewers the trial was farcical.

He also looks at Sophie’s relationship with her husband Daniel who never came over to Ireland to examine the scene or to collect her body.

Ian Bailey arrives at the High Court in Dublin (Image: Collins Courts)

Within months he was expecting a baby with his new Serbian lover who then became his fourth wife. He died in 2003, seven years after Sophie’s death aged 62 years old. He had five children.

The Sky source added; “The documentary is brilliant. Sophie’s killer is still out there, and he is getting away with murder. No one has paid the price for her death. She deserves justice.”

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