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IrelandFrench court to begin trying Ian Bailey 'in absentia' for murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

13:25  27 may  2019
13:25  27 may  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

France asks Cork witnesses to testify over Sophie death

France asks Cork witnesses to testify over Sophie death French prosecutors are believed to have summoned an estimated 30 Irish witnesses to a Paris court to testify against the man they accuse of murdering Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The summonses were delivered last Friday afternoon to local people in west Cork who provided witness statements to the original investigation into the French film producer's murder. Ms Du Plantier was beaten to death outside her holiday home in Schull in December 1996, but no one was charged with the killing.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier (28 July 1957 – 23 December 1996) was a French television producer who was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Schull, County Cork, Ireland, on the night of 23 December 1996. She was the wife of film producer, Daniel Toscan du Plantier .

Ian Bailey will be tried by a French court for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier If the trial goes ahead, Bailey will be tried in absentia having successfully contested a 2012 extradition bid. Du Plantier was wearing only her nightclothes and had been beaten to death with a concrete block.

French court to begin trying Ian Bailey 'in absentia' for murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier © Brian Lawless/PA Wire FORMER shopkeeper Marie Farrell has been told to think about her evidence in the Ian Bailey case overnight after she was accused by the State of telling an "outrageous, barefaced lie" to the jury.

IAN BAILEY WILL go on trial for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in a Paris court today, 22 years after the French film producer’s killing in Co Cork.

However, the 62 year-old former freelance journalist, who denies involvement in Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s killing, will be tried in absentia following a ruling by a French court last year.

Bailey’s lawyers Dominique Tricaud and Frank Buttimer told reporters that he will not appear or be represented during the trial, which is expected to last a week.

'We must be all together against violence' - Sophie Toscan du Plantier's son calls for Irish public to support murder trial

'We must be all together against violence' - Sophie Toscan du Plantier's son calls for Irish public to support murder trial THE son of murdered French woman, Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39), has publicly called on Ireland to support the Paris murder trial next week over his mother's killing as he said his family had firmly placed their trust in the people of west Cork. "Sophie fought like a lioness against the most atrocious violence there is," Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud (37) said. "The violence used by a monster that nothing stops - the one that struck her for no reason, for nothing." "I still come back here every year because it is the only way for me to defy this violence and destroy it." "For 20 years I have trusted you. Do not betray me. Do not betray yourselves," he said.

Bailey , 60, is considering mounting a challenge to the decision. Toscan du Plantier , who was the European arrest warrant.But Irish courts have twice refused to extradite Bailey .According to the Irish Independent, the French on the unsolved murder of Toscan du Plantier .Entitled 'West Cork', the

Toscan du Plantier was found dead outside her 'West Cork Riviera' home in 1996. Ian Bailey 's lawyer, Dominique Tricaud, said today the main appeals court in Paris had ruled there were 'sufficient elements' to try 'It's a relief for the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier , even if they know that the

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was the wife of film producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was beaten to death at her holiday home in Cork on December 23, 1996.

Injuries to her hands showed that she had struggled to defend herself, while a large rock and bloodstained evidence was found near her body.

French court to begin trying Ian Bailey 'in absentia' for murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier © SIPA Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her husband Daniel

Bailey, who is originally from the UK, was arrested for questioning twice by gardaí, but was never charged and continues to live near the home where Sophie Toscan du Plantier was staying.

Despite the lack of DNA evidence at the scene of the crime, he soon became the main suspect in the case, partly due to scratches on his arms and forehead, which he attributed to dealing with a Christmas tree and carving a turkey for dinner.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was killed with 'extreme violence' - Paris murder trial hears

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier : her badly-beaten body was found outside her holiday home near Toormore outside Schull in West French authorities investigating the death of film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co Cork 20 years ago plan to charge Ian Bailey in Paris with her murder .

French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found murdered in west Cork in December 1996. Extradite. Ms Toscan du Plantier ’s uncle Mr Tricaud claimed that a report by the DPP’s office which concluded there was insufficient evidence to try Mr Bailey in Ireland “declared him innocent.”

French authorities issued warrants for Bailey’s arrest in 2010 and 2016, but Ireland refused both requests, citing the lack of a reciprocal extradition deal between the two countries.

If found guilty, Bailey could face a 30-year jail sentence and France could again seek his extradition which would then be “difficult to refuse”, said Marie Dose, a solicitor for the Toscan du Plantier family.

She added that Bailey is refusing to appear in the French court “because he is afraid of being sentenced and with good reason”.

“This case, even in the absence of the accused, will take place and the work of justice will be done,” she said.

French court to begin trying Ian Bailey 'in absentia' for murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier © Rollingnews.ie Ian Bailey file photo Bailey’s solicitors described the trial in France as a “a judicial error”, adding that their client has “already been condemned” there.

Earlier this year, Bailey told Virgin Media News that he was “greatly imperiled” by the prospect of the trial.

Lawyers describe Irish legal system as 'farce' for letting alleged murderer Ian Bailey go free

Lawyers describe Irish legal system as 'farce' for letting alleged murderer Ian Bailey go free French barrister Laurent Pettiti was speaking on the third day of 62-year-old Bailey’s trial in his absence at the Paris Assizes on Wednesday. Mr Pettiti, who was representing the victim’s surviving family, said Ms Toscan du Plantier had loved Ireland, but its handling of the most high-profile unsolved case in the country’s recent criminal history had been a joke. ‘It was a place she had chosen,’ said Mr Pettiti. ‘It was a place where she recharged, and worked. She loved the people around her, because they made her relax.

1997, February 10th: Ian Bailey is arrested at his home at for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier . 2016, September 2nd: Mr Bailey ’s French lawyer, Dominque Tricaud predicts that his client will be convicted in absentia of voluntary homicide and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Later Mr Bailey added: "I've come to this court to prosecute Garda [Irish police] corruption and I've brought these as a sample." Mr Bailey was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier on 10 February, 1997 and again on 20 January 20 1998.

“I know I had that I nothing to do with this and I am going to finish up a convicted murderer,” he said.

“I am actually an innocent man. What will happen in France is that they will probably celebrate the fact that I have been convicted.

“All they’ll have succeeded in doing is convicting an innocent man.”

His solicitor Frank Buttimer also said that Bailey has always extended his deepest sympathy to Sophie Toscan Du Plantier’s family on their loss.

“He has an understanding of the trauma and suffering which they have experienced and he continues to express his sympathy to them,” Buttimer said.

“He maintains as he has always done, he had nothing to do with the unlawful killing.”

A verdict in the case is expected to be handed down on Friday.

With additional reporting from - © AFP 2019.

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