Gardai to probe fresh death threat made to Ian Bailey after man ‘vowed to kill’ Sophie suspect
- 19:39, 7 Nov 2021
- Updated: 19:40, 7 Nov 2021
GARDAI are to probe a new death threat made in the past week to Ian Bailey, the self confessed prime suspect in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder.
The 64-year-old Englishman, fearing for his life, made a formal complaint and full statement and to cops in Bantry, Co Cork on Saturday, about a series of incidents.
He also agreed to hand over some of the phone messages sent via Facebook from the perpetrator, a man who lives in a Co Waterford village.
Bailey said last night: “It is scary, this person has vowed to kill me and I am taking it seriously.
“He lives not too far away in Co Waterford, about an hour’s drive from where I live and he could be a psycho for all I know.
“I have received death threats before but I feel this is far more dangerous by the tone and vindictiveness of it and I had no choice but to make a complaint to the Gardai and to get them to investigate it.
“I have also now increased my own personal security.
“I believe a crime has been committed and this person should face the consequences.”
Bailey has also denied any involvement in the killing of Sophie and claimed the Gardai had tried to frame for the 1996 murder which shocked the country.
He was arrested twice over the French beauty’s death but never charged due to a lack of evidence.
His DNA didn’t match a blood sample found at the crime scene.
He revealed the individual involved is one of his 10,000 Facebook followers and he names him in his statement.
It is understood on October 12 last he received the first of threatening and abusive texts at 21.31 in the evening from the man involved.
It stated; “ You dirty scum u……dont go to jail for what you did…..if I ever see you slit you so many ways.. dirty p****”.
The next incident occurred on Sunday, October 31, and the Englishman responded in the following terms: “I will report you to AGS for threat and menace which, in case you didn’t know, is a criminal offense with fine and prison….. suggest you consult a solicitor as you are likely to be arrested….never threaten anybody again, particularly me…..you have been warned.”
At 20.14 that same night there was a three second recording left on Bailey’s phone with no words.
At midnight he then received the following threat…. “ I’ll threaten you all I want cuz when I see you ul be like Sophie.”
‘DIRECT DEATH THREAT’
On Monday, November 1 at 3.07 am Ian Bailey received another threatening text.
Bailey told Gardai; “I took this text as a direct death threat. The language is clearly crude, yet unambiguous in its intent.
“I am not prepared to hand over my phone but consent to the messages being photographed or screen shot for evidential purposes.”
He added: “I am not exactly quaking in my boots but you have to be careful. I hope the Gardai will carry out a full investigation and ensure this man does not harass or threaten me again.
“People who make threats like this online should not be allowed to get away with it and deserve to face the full force of the law and if guilty be punished.”
He also welcomed the news that the Gardai have put a new team in to pursue Sophie’s killer and increased the intensity of the murder investigation after the two recent TV documentaries on the case.
He added: “I had called for a full cold case review of the case and I will cooperate with the Gardai whatever way I can.
“If the Garda Commissioner put a new team in it is the answer to all my prayers.
“From day one all I want is for the truth to come out and Sophie’s killer to be caught. I did not do it.”
The Gardai last night said they do not comment on named individuals.