Time will tell, of the Mystery, French Connection, that Jim Sheridan, keeps, putting out, to the Media; a very Remote Area, for a Stranger, in the Middle of a Dark December, let us Wait and See??

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COLD CASE REVIEW 

Ian Bailey expected to be interviewed before Christmas over Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

  • 15:46, 7 Sep 2022
  • Updated: 15:46, 7 Sep 2022

IAN Bailey is expected to be interviewed by cold case detectives before Christmas over the murder of French beauty Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Gardai are understood to be ploughing ahead with their review of the case and hope to be in a position to initially speak to him by December.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier died in 1996
Sophie Toscan du Plantier died in 1996Credit: PA Wire
Ian Bailey has always denied any involvement in Sophie's death
Ian Bailey has always denied any involvement in Sophie’s deathCredit: DAMIEN EAGERS/AFP via Getty Images

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.

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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 clothes with blood on them were destroyed at my 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.

However, he was never charged after the DPP ruled, there was a lack of evidence against him.

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He was subsequently found guilty of Sophie’s murder by a court in France in absentia in 2019 and sentenced him to two years jail.

The Irish courts refused to extradite him on the basis much of the evidence used against him in France was “hear say.”

Gardai are confident that new forensic and DNA techniques will help them finally find Sophie’s mystery killer.

There is also a second suspect 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

The house of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork
The house of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West CorkCredit: PIG/AFP/Getty Images
Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Sophie Toscan du PlantierCredit: PATRICK ZIMMERMANN/AFP via Getty Images

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