‘Forget Ian Bailey’ — Jim Sheridan ‘delighted’ at cold case review into Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder
Philip Downes – 3h ago
Film director Jim Sheridan says that he is ‘delighted’ at the announcement of a cold case review into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
It was announced on Wednesday that a full cold case review into Ms Toscan du Plantier’s 1996 murder is to take place — with recommendations to be provided to the local investigations team once the review is completed.
The case gained international attention in recent years, with two documentaries on the murder being released. Murder at the Cottage director Jim Sheridan spoke on the cold case being reviewed, saying he’s ‘delighted’ at the announcement.
‘I’m delighted on the cold case review,’ Mr Sheridan told Extra.ie. ‘I hope there’s still not only one suspect.’
When asked what the review could mean for self-proclaimed chief suspect Ian Bailey, who was tried and convicted in absentia in France, the My Left Foot director said that Mr Bailey could be going to France to face his sentence — something he called a ‘tragedy.’
‘I think [the cold case review] could entail Ian Bailey going to France, which would be a tragedy,’ Mr Sheridan said. ‘I don’t think there’s any chance he did it — I think there’s very, very slim, circumstantial evidence [against Mr Bailey] which is not worth anything.’
‘The problem with the story is that everything focusing around Ian Bailey, including Ian Bailey focusing around Ian Bailey, is part of the problem,’ he continued. ‘And unless people forget Ian Bailey, they’ll never solve it.
‘That means you have to discount Bailey, and start looking again at the evidence — if that leads back to Bailey, so be it,’ Mr Sheridan explained to Extra.ie. ‘Unless you discount the story that’s filled all the space, you can’t get to the truth.’
When asked if the review into Ms Toscan du Plantier’s murder will bring the perpetrator to justice, Mr Sheridan added that if a simultaneous investigation isn’t held in France, then it will be difficult.
‘If the police don’t look at all in France, and if there’s no investigation in France, I think it’s very difficult. As there has been no investigation in France, there has to be one,’ Mr Sheridan said.
Gardaí announced a full cold case review into Ms Toscan du Plantier’s murder, which took place in 1996, following calls from both Mr Bailey himself and Ms Toscan du Plantier’s son Pierre Louis Baudley Vignaud to review the cold case.
‘Following a review by Assistant Commissioner, Organised and Serious Crime, the Garda Serious Crime Review Team will now conduct a full review of this case,’ a statement from Gardaí said.
‘On the finalisation of this review, the Serious Crime Review Team will provide recommendations to the local investigation team.
‘An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to anyone who may have any information on this crime to contact the Garda investigation team at Bantry Garda Station 027 20860 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.’