This Murder must be Solved, for the Family of Sophie, and for Bailey too, and the People of West Cork. There could be a Twist in this, Drawn out, Murder, Who Knows, Time will Tell?

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‘SAVAGE CRIME’

Fresh review of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s brutal murder could lead to justice in next few weeks

  • 7:00, 23 May 2022
  • Updated: 21:39, 22 May 2022

ONE of the Gardai’s most senior officers has wrapped up a fresh review of the investigation into the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll will hand his report on the 1996 killing of the TV producer to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, before he retires in the next few weeks.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was battered to death at her holiday home outside Schull, west Cork in December 1996
Sophie Toscan du Plantier was battered to death at her holiday home outside Schull, west Cork in December 1996Credit: PA:Press Association
Ian Bailey was not contacted or questioned by Gardai during the reassessment
Ian Bailey was not contacted or questioned by Gardai during the reassessmentCredit: Alamy

Garda sources have no idea what exactly is in the report but are hoping there are enough new leads to justify a cold case review and a reinvestigation with a new team of detectives.

One said; “The reassessment of the murder is complete and now it will be up to the Commissioner as what we do next.

“I know he would like to solve this case and feels for Sophie’s family who never got justice.

“The one thing we all know is the killer is out there somewhere and cannot get away with such a brutal and savage crime.”

French mum-of-one Sophie, 38, was battered to death at her holiday home outside Schull, west Cork in December 1996.

Chief suspect English poet and writer Ian Bailey, 64, was not contacted or questioned by Gardai during the reassessment.

But last week he wrote to Mr Harris for a second time requesting a cold case review.

Bailey was never charged and has always strongly maintained his innocence. He was found guilty of the murder in abstenia in France.

He said: “I would like this done sooner rather than later so I can clear my name and get my life back.”

Sophie had suffered brutal injuries in her gruesome murder that shocked both Ireland and France.

For a quarter of a century, Sophie’s murder has remained unsolved with the investigation into her death taking a series of twists and turns over the years.

Sophie was discovered by her neighbour at 10am in a laneway beside her house.

Her attacker had caved in her skull with a heavy 17in-long concrete block as she tried to flee.

BLOODSTAINS

She was dressed in her nightwear and boots when she was found with her longjohn bottoms caught on a barbed-wire fence.

Bloodstains could be seen on a nearby gate as well as a piece of slate and a concrete block.

Inside the house, police found two wine glasses by the sink, which had been washed.

Her body remained outside at the scene for 28 hours until the State Pathologist arrived.

He found that Sophie had suffered laceration and swelling to the brain, a fractured skull and multiple blunt head injuries.

The injuries to her face were so sever that her neighbour was unable to formally identify her.

Assistant Commissioner John O Driscoll will hand his report on the 1996 killing of the TV producer to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris
Assistant Commissioner John O Driscoll will hand his report on the 1996 killing of the TV producer to Garda Commissioner Drew HarrisCredit: Garrett White – The Sun
For a quarter of a century, Sophie's murder has remained unsolved
For a quarter of a century, Sophie’s murder has remained unsolvedCredit: Reuters

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