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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Sophie's husband had money motive for her murder, claims Bailey

Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey has alleged that the husband of Sophie Toscan du Plantier had motive to kill the French filmmaker.

Speaking in an interview with Hot Press magazine, he said film producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier stood to benefit from a large insurance policy in the event of his wife's death.

The journalist also claimed that the late Mr Toscan du Plantier was having an affair at the time of his wife's murder.

Mr Bailey (60), who is currently fighting efforts to extradite him to France to stand trial for the murder, made the claims in an interview with the latest edition of the magazine, which out today.

His claims have been greeted with disbelief by representatives of Ms Toscan du Plantier's family.

Mr Bailey, originally from Manchester, denies any involvement in the 1996 murder.

Ms Toscan du Plantier (39) was bludgeoned to death outside her holiday home in Schull, Co Cork, and Mr Bailey alleges that gardai tried to frame him for the crime.

Suicide

In the interview, Mr Bailey said he believed the killer came from France.

He also spoke of the toll the case had taken on him over the past 20 years, saying he had massive debts, had attempted suicide and attended Alcoholics Anonymous after reaching "rock bottom".

He admitted he had no evidence to back up his theory, but insisted it should have been investigated.

Asked why he thought Ms Toscan du Plantier was murdered, he said: "I believe her husband had a large amount of insurance money on her.

"At the time of her murder he was having an affair with another woman."

Alain Spillaert, a lawyer representing Ms Toscan du Plantier's parents, said the claims would be "upsetting" for her family and that of her late husband, who died in 2003.

Mr Bailey went on to repeat previous allegations of garda ill-treatment and how he decided to "end it all" by getting "paralytically drunk" and throwing himself into the River Ilen.

He added that he had been in a "very dark place" and coped "very badly" with being identified as a murder suspect.

"I went to AA. I still go to AA occasionally," he said.

He also said he had struggled to support himself financially and claimed that he was in massive debt, adding: "I owe €1.2m in terms of cases against the State."

The High Court is to resume hearing an application for Mr Bailey's extradition next week.

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