The Big Interview, so many Legal and Criminal Experts, yet the Unsolved Murder Continues; Justice is becoming less and less important as ego’s prevail and foolish words replace a silence that most probably would reveal the Truth. If as Bailey suggests “he knows the killer but that he is dead”, all the more reason to name him.

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‘Sophie was not the most beautiful’ woman, says Ian Bailey

 14th September 2021


Ian ­Bailey has said in a TV interview which airs on Monday night that French murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier was ‘not the most beautiful’ person he had ever seen.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, Ian Bailey are posing for a picture© Provided by Extra.ie

A French court found Ian Bailey, 64, who has been the chief suspect in the gruesome murder, guilty in absentia of Ms du Plantier’s killing but the Irish justice system has never convicted him and refused to extradite him to France.

In an interview on Virgin Media on Monday evening, Ian Bailey reveals his own theory as to who killed mother of one Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork 25 years ago. But he says he believes whoever did kill her is already dead. ‘All I know are from the photographs that I’ve seen of her and to my eye she wouldn’t have been necessarily the most beautiful, but she was attractive, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ he said.Ian Bailey wearing a blue shirt: Ian ­Bailey has said in a TV interview which airs on Monday night that French murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier was ‘not the most beautiful’ person he had ever seen. Pic: Virgin Media Television© Provided by Extra.ie Ian ­Bailey has said in a TV interview which airs on Monday night that French murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier was ‘not the most beautiful’ person he had ever seen. Pic: Virgin Media Television

The Englishman also said he thought Ms du Plantier’s son Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud was speaking to him when he appeared on The Late Late Show earlier this month to discuss the loss of his mother.

The Frenchman, who was just 15 at the time of his mother’s death, said a murderer was living in Ireland to this day and someone watching the programme could spell the end of the saga.

He said: ‘It’s been 25 years. The truth has not arrived yet. We must end the story. For me, my mother, for Irish people. You have a murderer still living in Ireland.’Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier sitting in a chair talking on the phone: Ian Bailey said Sophie Toscan du Plantier was ‘not the most beautiful’ person he had ever seen. Pic: PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey said Sophie Toscan du Plantier was ‘not the most beautiful’ person he had ever seen. Pic: PA Wire

The nation will hear Mr Bailey say tonight that the case has stolen more than a quarter of a century of his life and led to ‘really, really low, dark periods’.

He said watching Ms du Plantier’s son make his appeal for information about his mother’s killing on television this month made him feel ‘like crying’.

Mr Bailey said: ‘I watched it on Friday night and it’s deeply sad. It’s sad for him. I know he believes I murdered her. I had nothing to do with it, the only thing I can do is to keep doing what I’ve been doing and hope and pray that the truth will come out.Ian Bailey wearing a blue shirt: A French court found Ian Bailey, 64, who has been the chief suspect in the gruesome murder, guilty in absentia of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s killing but the Irish justice system has never convicted him and refused to extradite him to France. Pic: Virgin Media Television© Provided by Extra.ie A French court found Ian Bailey, 64, who has been the chief suspect in the gruesome murder, guilty in absentia of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s killing but the Irish justice system has never convicted him and refused to extradite him to France. Pic: Virgin Media Television

‘He believes that the killer is still alive. I have my own theory that the killer is actually dead.’

Mr Bailey believes he should have been offered an invitation on to the RTÉ chat show to tell his side of the story and said he ‘would consider’ going on. However, he does not expect to be asked on the show any time soon.

Mr Bailey, who was convicted of assaulting his partner Jules Thomas, who he is now separated from, called his past actions of domestic violence ‘shameful’. He previously admitted to ­hitting his then-wife Ms Thomas in an attack that left her with one eye swollen shut, her lip hanging from her gum and a 4cm patch of hair ripped from her head.Ian Bailey wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: Ian Bailey, who was convicted of assaulting his partner Jules Thomas, who he is now separated from, called his past actions of domestic violence ‘shameful’. Pic: Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey, who was convicted of assaulting his partner Jules Thomas, who he is now separated from, called his past actions of domestic violence ‘shameful’. Pic: Collins

He denied her eye ‘was the size of a grapefruit’, saying that was a ‘gross exaggeration’.

Just five years after that he attacked her again with a crutch in what he said was a ‘heat of the moment’ affair – an incident for which he was convicted and served a three-month suspended jail sentence.

The former journalist is currently writing his autobiography.Ian Bailey wearing a suit and tie: Ian Bailey denied Jules Thomas’s eye ‘was the size of a grapefruit’, saying that was a ‘gross exaggeration’. Pic Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey denied Jules Thomas’s eye ‘was the size of a grapefruit’, saying that was a ‘gross exaggeration’. Pic Collins Courts

He said he had seen two episodes of Jim Sheridan’s documentary about Ms du Plantier’s murder but had not watched any of Netflix’s rival series.

The victim’s body was ­discovered in a lane leading to her holiday home in Schull, West Cork, by a neighbour on the morning of Christmas Eve in 1996.

Gardaí believe she had tried to flee her attacker but had caught her clothes on barbed wire beside a gate.

She was dressed in nightclothes and boots and had such serious injuries to her face that her neighbour could not formally identify her.Jim Sheridan et al. sitting in a room: Ian Bailey said he had seen two episodes of Jim Sheridan’s documentary about Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder but had not watched any of Netflix’s rival series. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey said he had seen two episodes of Jim Sheridan’s documentary about Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder but had not watched any of Netflix’s rival series. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios

Ms du Plantier had been bludgeoned to death with weapons including a concrete block.

Ian Bailey was born in Manchester, but moved to Ireland in 1991 and began living in Schull with his former partner Jules Thomas a year later.

Although he has maintained he never knew Ms du Plantier, several people have claimed he did.Ian Bailey sitting at a table using a laptop: Ian Bailey was born in Manchester, but moved to Ireland in 1991 and began living in Schull with his former partner Jules Thomas a year later. Pic: Tom Honan© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey was born in Manchester, but moved to Ireland in 1991 and began living in Schull with his former partner Jules Thomas a year later. Pic: Tom Honan

He became a suspect for the murder after publishing details of her killing that were not public knowledge.

Days after the murder he was seen to have scratches down his arms, as well as a head injury. He said he was attacked by a turkey as he broke its neck and received the scratches while cutting down a Christmas tree.

However, gardaí were never able to replicate the injuries by cutting down trees.Ian Bailey wearing a hat: Mr Bailey became a suspect for the murder after publishing details of her killing that were not public knowledge. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Bailey became a suspect for the murder after publishing details of her killing that were not public knowledge. Pic: Collins Courts

A 14-year-old boy, Malachi Reed, said Mr Bailey had told him he had killed Ms du Plantier.

He said Mr Bailey gave him a lift in his car and said he had ‘smashed her brains in with a rock’. Mr Bailey denies this.

Despite pressure from mainland Europe, where French authorities would like Bailey to stand trial in person, the High Court here refused to extradite Mr Bailey.Ian Bailey wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a coat: Despite pressure from mainland Europe, where French authorities would like Bailey to stand trial in person, the High Court here refused to extradite Mr Bailey. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Despite pressure from mainland Europe, where French authorities would like Bailey to stand trial in person, the High Court here refused to extradite Mr Bailey. Pic: Collins Courts

While on a one-day visit to Ireland last month French president Emmanuel Macron said a new trial could be set up if Mr Bailey agreed to come to France.

Yet Mr Bailey’s lawyer said his client would not be travelling there in any case because the French legal system had already made their opinion clear on his involvement in the killing.

  • Ian Bailey: The Big Interview airs tonight at 9pm on Virgin Media One.

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