Ian Bailey expected to be interviewed before Christmas by cold case detectives investigating Sophie Tuscan du Plantier murder
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Ian Bailey is expected to be interviewed before Christmas by cold case detectives investigating the murder of French beauty Sophie Tuscan du Plantier.
A Garda source said they were ploughing ahead with their review of the case and would hope to be in a position to initially speak to him by December.
Anyone alive who previously made a statement to the original Garda probe is being reinterviewed.
The 64-year-old journalist and poet was contacted in a letter from former Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll before he retired, informing him that the cold case investigation was going ahead.
He also asked the Englishman if he would make himself available to be interviewed by the new Garda team.
Ian Bailey then wrote back and said he would fully cooperate with the investigation.
Last night Bailey said: “I will fully cooperate with the gardai because I am innocent.
“I know they are moving very fast and have interviewed loads of people around the West Cork area.
“One or two people are trying to wrongly suggest that I had met Sophie and knew her before she was murdered.
“There is a suggestion that we previously introduced on Cape Clear Island but this is erroneous information and just not true.
“It was looked at by the DPP before, the same statement from the same people, and it was completely dismissed.
“The other false claim is this idea that my former partner Jules Thomas destroyed clothes with blood on it at our home or that I was seen washing blood off my boots at a bridge near the crime scene on the night of the murder.
“These are all just fabricated lies with no truth whatsoever.”
Bailey was arrested and questioned twice by detectives over Sophie’s brutal death on the night before Christmas Eve, 1996.
Ian Bailey expected to be interviewed before Christmas by cold case detectives investigating Sophie Tuscan du Plantier murder© PA
However he was never charged after the DPP ruled, there was a lack of evidence against him.
He was subsequently found guilty of Sophie’s murder by a court in France in absentia in 2019 and sentenced to 25 years’ jail.
The Irish courts refused to extradite him to France.
Gardai are confident that new forensic and DNA techniques will help them finally find Sophie’s mystery killer.
An individual from France who was seen acting suspiciously and following Sophie around Schull village the day before she was killed.
He was later identified by film director Jim Sheridan and his team.
Sheridan made the smash hit Sky documentary Murder at the Cottage.