Witness ‘saw Ian Bailey trying to clean bloodstained clothes’ a day after Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder
A witness who claims to have seen Ian Bailey attempt to clean bloodstained clothes a day after the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has made a new statement to the revived Garda investigation.
The woman, who lives overseas, has now made a ‘key statement’ to investigators in the unsolved case, and it is ‘an integral part’ of the re-investigation into the unsolved 1996 murder in West Cork.
Sources have confirmed that she is a “credible witness” and her statement is seen as a “cornerstone” of the new Garda investigation announced last week.
The woman provided Gardaí with new details in her recent statement alleging that she saw Mr Bailey attempting to clean up, and possibly even dispose of, bloodstained clothes at his home the day after the murder of the man was discovered. French filmmaker.
When contacted, Mr Bailey said: ‘I obviously don’t know what the statement says.
“I understand she has previously retracted a false statement she made about this. I believe she also apologized to Jules [Mr Bailey’s ex-partner] to make this false statement.
The former journalist, who was arrested twice in connection with the murder and has since vehemently protested his innocence, said looking into the cold case was something he was asking the Garda commissioner, Drew Harris, to direct for some time.
“This criticism would not occur if I did not write three times to Drew Harris. So I welcome that. The Garda have not yet been in contact with me, I assume they will. I am fully prepared to cooperate with the new investigation. I don’t know who murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier and I don’t need to know. I just know it had nothing to do with me,” said Mr Bailey.
It comes as Ms Toscan du Plantier’s uncle said over the weekend that the family welcomed the ‘good news’ that the Garda Serious Crimes Review Team (SCRT) is carrying out a full review of the murder cold case.
Addressing the Sunday IndependentJean-Pierre Gazeau said the family did not want to get their hopes up too high, but said he had full confidence in the Garda investigation.
“If he doesn’t go to the DPP, we will have to accept our sad fate. If there is no real criminal trial in Ireland, it would be something of a failure. We don’t want to hope too much because so many times over the last 26 years we have been given false hopes,” he said.
“We certainly think this review is progress. I’m sure the gardaí wouldn’t have ordered the examination if there hadn’t been a solid basis for doing so, such as new witness statements. We believe that a reconsideration could move the case forward.
“Of course, we have hope again, but we have to remain pragmatic. So we remain cautious, but optimistic.
Mr Bailey has repeatedly denied any involvement in the murder. He was arrested twice but never charged for the murder of the woman near Toormore, outside Schull in County Cork.
Mr. Gazeau said he believed the journalist-turned-poet was once again in the spotlight, a position he would have appreciated from Mr. Bailey.
“Ian Bailey, I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes right now. He lives in another world. But in reality, this matter is in the hands of the Garda now,” he said.
“The possibility of new DNA evidence is very positive. We will never stop seeking justice for Sophie and proof of her death. We need to know what happened to her on that tragic night.
She was found beaten to death outside her vacation home on December 23, 1996.
Gardaí had previously identified Mr Bailey as the prime suspect.
The DPP twice ruled that there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
Mr. Gazeau said he believed the renewed publicity around the case had led, in part, to the reopening of the investigation. He said he hoped it would end up “doing justice”.
Speaking to Newstalk on Friday, Ms Toscan du Plantier’s son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud said he would never find peace.
“Twenty-five years of seeking justice, it’s taken me a long time to fight, to talk to the Irish police, to the French police, to do the trial. You can never find peace with this stuff. “, did he declare.
“Every day, every week, for 25 years I have had information, I have had an exchange with journalists, with people in Ireland, with people in France. So every day is a nightmare.