One very Valid Point here? The Hysteria among some Locals in Schull against Ian Bailey should concern us; there are a pair in Particular that jump out, Mr Shapes, big Mouth, a Convincing Liar, he knows all and then there is Mr Perfect who had the Ultra affair, his wife forgave the Gobshite. I say Shut up, or produce Evidence, not Rural High Stool Gossip. People are asking questions after the Netflix documentary: There is a petition for Justice for Ian Bailey. Many people believe he too has been treated in an unjust and ruthless way. 13,000+ have signed the petition seeking appropriate Justice for Ian Bailey too. It is time for Commissioner Harris to reply to Ian Bailey’s request for a cold case review of the murder of Sophie du Plantier. Fred suggests some links below. Jonathan Swift “Give vision to the visionless” so hence the links.

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A Murder in West Cork: Four things Netflix left out when looking at certain incidents involving Ian Bailey

The DPP file shows how prosecutors viewed the incident, and they were a bit more sceptical of certain things 

Ian Bailey
Ian Bailey (Image: michael mac sweeney/provision)

In 2001 a DPP file outlined why a prosecution wouldn’t be chase against Ian Bailey in relation to the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The file went through a number of big problems with the garda investigation – and it also mentioned a lot of things that were portrayed a little differently in Netflix’s documentary A Murder in West Cork which came out twenty years later..

Witness statements, the handling of certain witnesses, establishing links between Bailey and Sophie, and a lack of any forensic evidence were all part of the reasons prosecutors gave not to bring a charge against the self-confessed suspect Bailey.

Almost ten years after the file was made it became available to Bailey’s legal team ahead of a Supreme Court appeal, shortly after that a journalist posted it online.

Netflix’s documentary has brought an international focus on the case but how it presented some parts is very different to how it’s understood Ireland’s prosecutors viewed the same incidents.

Mainly, it appears Netflix left some things out that give a bit more context to why these moments weren’t seen as having any value from an investigations point of view.

Upset dogs

A Murder in West Cork: DPP file on Ian Bailey shows
            how Netflix didn't tell full story on certain incidents
A Murder in West Cork: DPP file on Ian Bailey shows how Netflix didn’t tell full story on certain incidents (Image: Provision)

On the night of the murder Ian and Jules were overlooking West Cork from a distance and he said he had a feeling something bad was going to happen.

Netflix presents this moment as eerie, but doesn’t give the detail about the dogs, which “he may have sensed” according to the DPP who suggest it gives his comment some context.

On that night a number of people reported their dogs barking mad from 10.30pm up until 2am.

There were also two reports of a strange person(s) in the area.

There were six statements about this, five of which weren’t submitted in the original garda file.

The DPP noted that Ian and Jules were in a pub at the time the first dog was reportedly upset.

Detective Superintendent Dermot Dwyer calls the moment “peculiar” in the documentary production but the part about the dogs isn’t mentioned at all.

The DPP is also reported to have said: “If he had intended to contact Sophie it is unlikely that he would have invited Jules Thomas to go over to that area with him.

“Unfortunately, the forensic evidence is unable to pinpoint the time of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s death.

“It is not, therefore, possible to say whether she was killed around the time that the dogs were acting strangely, or at a later time in the night or early morning.”

Malachi Reed

Malachi’s mother Irune (also known as Amanda) appears in the production and tells how Bailey allegedly told her then 14-year-old son that he “went up there and bashed her brains in with a rock” while giving him a lift home.

She says: “He came out with this, and there was silence. And I think Malachi just wanted to get home as quickly as possible.”

Irune suggests Malachi didn’t immediately say it to her because he thought he might have been in trouble for getting a lift off Ian who’d allegedly been drinking.

“But the following day he explained what happened,” she says.

She then tells of how they went and made statements.

What’s not mentioned in the documentary, but is mentioned in the DPP file, is that it was also alleged Bailey claimed to have murdered her “to get a story for the newspapers”.

What’s also not said is that a garda was in Malachi’s school the next day asking questions about Ian and his movements on the night of the murder.

It was after the garda visit that Malchi came home and told his mother before she took him to make a statement.

In the statement he said he “got a shock” and a “cold shiver’ when he heard what Ian had said in the car, but the DPP notes inconsistencies between what Malachi said and his mother’s version of events.

They concluded that it was “abundantly clear” Malachi was not upset by Ian Bailey, but only became concerned after his conversation with a guard and “turned a conversation which had not apparently up until then alarmed him into something sinister”.

Richie and Rose Shelley

In Netflix’s piece Journalists Michael Sheridan, Barry Roche, and Schull resident Peter Bielecki tell the story of Ian’s alleged confession to Richie, saying they were in a pub together before going to Jules’s house for a nightcap.

As this story is told on Netflix, Bailey started crying and said “I did it, I did it” to Richie at around 4am after Jules had gone to bed.

Bielecki explains it’s like “that early morning thing after drinking when he’d get strange” and after Bailey’s alleged admission “they ran screaming from the house. They ran away”.

Rose does say she ran out of the house, but the DPP file notes all four had met up again in the pub the next day, which wasn’t mentioned in the documentary.

The DPP note that despite numerous attempts by Richie to get Ian to elaborate at the time he only ever repeated “I did it” and never explicitly said it was about the murder.

The DPP call their evidence “dangerously unreliable” owing to other factors too.

Shine a light on this dark murder Christmas 1996.

The file allegedly says: “The next morning, all four people met up in the pub again, and Richie Shelley is alleged to have said to Bailey ‘up to last night I thought you were innocent but now I think you are guilty’.

“From the report of Inspector Horgan dated 27 July 1999 it appears that Richie and Rose Shelley have indicated that they did not come forward with the above information previously because they did not want an involvement in the case.

“This diminishes the credibility of their recollection still further. In fact Richie Shelley in his statement dated 19 June 2001 states that he did not come forward with the information until he was approached by the Gardaí.

“If the alleged conversation took place he did not attach sufficient weight to it to even bother reporting it.

“Richie and Rose Shelley were collected from outside the Thomas house by John Shelley but neither Richie nor Rose bothered to tell John Shelley about the alleged admission.

“On an overall basis the Shelley evidence is dangerously unreliable.”

Diane Martin

Diane, a psychic and former Schull resident, appears in Netflix’s documentary telling the story of his alleged confession to her at a party.

She says she confronted him and accused him of “murdering that girl” and he replied that he “didn’t mean for everyone to get involved”.

What’s not mentioned is that Diane allegedly started chanting “Ian is a murderer” as he played music later on in the night.

Contrary to what she tells Netflix, the DPP’s file suggests Bailey never reacted to her accusation.

They write: “At a party Diane Martin said to Ian Bailey ‘well, Ian I think you did it, you are the murderer’.

“She says that he did not react and she was shocked. Bailey’s conduct, however, is consistent with restraint in dealing with this rude person who certainly was not in possession of evidence to support her allegation.

“His failure to answer her is not incriminating. Bailey got up and walked away.

“Later at the party she started to chant in time to the music ‘Ian is a murderer’. Bailey carried on playing music.

“One has to read her statements to get the full flavour of her unreliability. Her second statement portrays the level of hysteria against Bailey in the local community.”

Links… worth watching

https://www.thejournal.ie/ian-bailey-not-the-only-suspect-in-toscan-du-plantier-murder-investigation-308025-Dec2011/

https://www.gardaombudsman.ie/news-room/archive/information-report-from-the-garda-siochana-ombudsman-commission-at-the-completion-of-the-investigation-into-the-complaints-of-ian-bailey-catherine-jules-thomas-and-marie-farrell/

“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”. Please consider signing this petition and raising as much awareness as possible.

https://www.facebook.com/justiceforianbailey

And for further questioning … https://www.gardaombudsman.ie/news-room/archive/information-report-from-the-garda-siochana-ombudsman-commission-at-the-completion-of-the-investigation-into-the-complaints-of-ian-bailey-catherine-jules-thomas-and-marie-farrell/

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