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.
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.
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.
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