Friday 28 October 2016

Life goes on for everyone except Sophie Toscan du Plantier's grieving family

Ian Bailey
Ian Bailey

IT is over 18 years since Sophie Toscan du Plantier's battered body was found near her holiday home in Schull in west Cork.

After nearly two decades of investigations, court cases and appeals we still do not know who murdered the Frenchwoman.

This week Ian Bailey lost a case he brought against the State alleging a garda conspiracy to implicate him in the murder.

After five months of evidence it took the jury just over two hours to dismiss Bailey's action. He now faces a legal bill of €5m.

How will he pay this massive bill? Who knows. I somehow imagine that it will fall to the taxpayer to pay the legal eagles who battled it out week after week.


What now for Ian Bailey? He was arrested twice by investigating gardai but has never been charged (and denies any involvement in the murder).

There were reports yesterday that Bailey may face trial in France in relation to the French filmmaker's death - in his absence.

This whole sorry affair may yet wind up in the criminal courts here, of course.

Witness Marie Farrell may face a perjury enquiry after Mr Justice John Hedigan referred her evidence to the DPP.

Meanwhile, a number of gardai, who for years endured the distress of Bailey's allegations hanging over them, have had their reputations cleared. They can now get on with their lives, as can Mr Bailey himself.

But what of Sophie Toscan du Plantier's grieving family? After all the evidence, the verdict this week and the subsequent media coverage they are still left without justice.

That should not be forgotten.

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