Top director Jim Sheridan gives Gardai new details about ‘foreign man’ sighting in Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder
- Published: 15:11, 7 Mar 2023
- Updated: 15:11, 7 Mar 2023
AWARD-winning film director Jim Sheridan has given the Gardai new information over the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier which he hopes will help catch the killer.
He spent several hours speaking to a detective and a bean Garda at his Dublin home a few weeks ago.
Gardai spoke to him as part of their cold case review of the French beauty’s brutal killing and to see what information he discovered while making his smash-hit Sky documentary – Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie.
Mr Sheridan confirmed last night that he told the officers everything he knew about a foreign man who he says was seen following Sophie around Schull on the evening before she died.
Sheridan and his team of investigators also got a second pathologist Dr Jason Payne from London to review all the evidence and pictures of the deceased from the initial post mortem carried out by the late state pathologist Dr John Harbison.
Dr Payne came to the conclusion that Sophie was strangled and was dead before she was battered over 50 times with rock on the lane outside her house.
Dr Harbison told her Inquest in April, 1997 that she died from multiple injuries including lacerations of the brain and a fracture of the skull caused by a blunt instrument.
However there wasn’t a single mark on her face.
Jim Sheridan added: “We never got to use the review of the Post Mortem in the documentary because the results came in too late.
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“Based on all the evidence the second opinion is Sophie was choked to death.
“I have passed every piece of information we have onto the Gardai and it is now up to them. I believe there are a lot of answers.”
He added: “I hope the Gardai take the information I have given them seriously.”
Ian Bailey was convicted of murder by a French court in absentia but he has always denied any involvement in her death.
Sophie, 39, was murdered just before Christmas in 1996 and the killer battered her over 50 times with a rock, detectives who found her believed.
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.