Intriguing, the Gardai, have not Interviewed, the Englishman, Bailey, the Poet Yet?

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New information on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case is not enough to make a breakthrough yet, Gardai reveal

  • Published: 7:00, 16 Jan 2023

GARDAI have received several pieces of new information about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier following their public appeal before Christmas.

But it is not enough to make a breakthrough in the 26-year-old unsolved case.

The new information on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case is not enough to make a breakthrough yet
The new information on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case is not enough to make a breakthrough yetCredit: PA:Press Association

And the Irish Sun understands it could take at least another year before there is a murder charge.

A senior Garda source said: “We are making progress slowly but surely. We received a lot of new information which is extremely helpful and is now being checked out.

“Nevertheless we have still not made a breakthrough as such but we are getting there.

“We are effectively running two investigations side by side — the original murder probe plus the cold-case review of her murder.

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“Every new lead is being probed. Some members of the public have contacted us with new information while others who made statements before have remembered important things they forgot to mention.

“The public appeal has certainly refreshed people’s memories in the west Cork area and been extremely helpful.”

Interpol will also assist gardai in interviewing people linked to the case in France and the UK.

So far, the man who was originally identified as the main suspect — former journalist Ian Bailey — has not been contacted by detectives.

The Englishman has always denied knowing Sophie or having any involvement in her brutal death and says the answer to the murder lies in France.

Bailey was assaulted on the street in Bantry, Co Cork, recently over the murder and made a formal complaint to the Gardai.

The investigation is being run from Bantry Garda Station, but officers have been all over the country interviewing witnesses who made statements at the time.

Sophie, 39, was murdered just before Christmas in 1996 and the killer battered her over 50 times with a rock.

Her body was found on a lane 100 yards from the front door of her holiday home outside Schull, west Cork.

Detectives are building up a profile of anyone she knew or was seen with during her regular holidays to west Cork in the last few years of her life.

The unsolved murder became an embarrassment for the Government after two high-profile documentaries by Sky and Netflix on her death.

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