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Saturday 21 October 2017

I'll never stop until I have justice for my mother, says Sophie's son

Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud with his mother Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud with his mother Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Marguerite Bouniol , Mother of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier and her friend Marie Paul Bloc Daudet pause at the memorial cross that marks the spot where Sophie Toscan Du Plantier was murdered outside her holiday home at Toormore, West Cork

THE son of murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier has vowed to continue to fight for justice.

Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud (34) directly appealed to Ireland via the Herald to work with the French police to bring his mother's killer to justice.

The appeal was issued to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald as the French insisted there is now no legal reason for Ireland not to recommence full co-operation with Magistrate Patrick Gachon after the failure of Ian Bailey's High Court action.

Three years ago, Mr Baudey-Vignaud named his first child, a little girl, Sophie in honour of his mother.

"I will never stop until I have justice for my mother," he told the Herald. "Magistrate Gachon is doing his job. He is working on the case and compiling many things and preparing the file.

"He has worked on all the Irish police/garda files and has been studying all the material very carefully. He has not been waiting for the result of this issue (High Court case).

"But this should allow the co-operation between Ireland and France to go on again. That is very important.

"We want Ireland to do everything possible to help Magistrate Gachon and the French police."

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Co-operation with the seven-year-old French investigation has been suspended for the past year. Critically, this has prevented an elite team of Paris detectives from visiting Ireland.

Alain Spilliaert, the solicitor for Sophie's parents Georges and Marguerite Bouniol, pleaded for Ireland to immediately resume assisting the French police.

"Today, Mr Bailey lost his civil case but also these long debates showed interesting depositions from certain witnesses that should be closely reviewed by the (Irish) judicial authorities," he said .

"Now, the (French) criminal investigation should move. Notably the co-operation with the French inquiry judge is suspended since last May 2014, almost a year."

He urged Ireland to move "vigorously" to assist the French.

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