Nick Foster, author of Murder at Roaringwater, has claimed that the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder was sparked by an argument over a bottle of wine. The writer’s crime book details the inside story of the final days of the young Frenchwoman who was brutally killed outside her cottage in rural West Cork in 1996.
Murder at Roaringwater author claims Du Plantier murder was sparked by argument over bottle of wine
Nick Foster, author of Murder at Roaringwater, has claimed that the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder was sparked by an argument over a bottle of wine.
The writer’s crime book details the inside story of the final days of the young Frenchwoman who was brutally killed outside her cottage in rural West Cork in 1996.
Her killer remains unknown, but Foster believes it was someone du Plantier knew.
Taking to Twitter, he shared his somewhat puzzling theory.
‘The murder of [Sophie Toscan du Plantier] was, I believe, precipitated by an argument over a bottle of wine,’ he began.
‘Sophie’s assailant knocked on her door in the early hours of [December 23, 1996]. She opened it, and he saw a bottle in her porch. He picked it up, and refused to give it back.
‘[du Plantier] called out “Monsieur, Monsieur!” after the man. This is not a way a French person would address a prowler or indeed a “hitman”. It rather suggests Sophie knew her attacker. She was angry with the man for taking the bottle. He then struck her with it.
‘The man beat all life out of [du Plantier] using a piece of stone and a concrete block. Sophie’s face was unrecognisable to her own mother
‘This appalling crime cries out for justice. Que cette justice soit enfin rendue. More to follow on November 5.’
‘Que cette justice soit enfin rendue,’ translates to, ‘May this justice be done at last.’
Foster spent six years piecing together the life and death of du Plantier, befriending suspect Ian Bailey who was found guilty of the woman’s murder ‘in absentia’ in a French courtroom.
Despite heavy interest from Gardai that Mr Bailey was the main suspect, he was never charged with an offence related to the case in Ireland.
In order for him to face that sentence or a retrial while he is present, French authorities have attempted to extradite Mr Bailey on three occasions, all of which have failed.
Irish authorities have declined to hand over Mr Bailey for transport to France, but issues are beginning to surface over Ireland’s stance.
The European Commission recently criticised Ireland’s compliance with European Arrest Warrant rules, particularly how it complies to time limits listed under those warrants.
Solicitor for Ms Toscan du Plantier’s family, Alain Spilliaert, said that pressure on Ireland in relation to the arrest warrants and extradition will have an affect on its stance on Mr Bailey.