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Alleged admissions in Sophie killing were 'my black humour' - Bailey


Ian Bailey said he drank to cope with being a suspect

Ian Bailey said he drank to cope with being a suspect

Ian Bailey said he drank to cope with being a suspect

JOURNALIST Ian Bailey has said alleged informal admissions by him to other people related to the killing of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier were examples of "my dry and black humour".

"I have a very dry sense of humour, they were not actually admissions, they were examples of my dry and black humour," he told his counsel, Martin Giblin SC, at the High Court.

When he spoke to the media after his first arrest on February 10, 1997, he did so "to clear his name" which had "gone out there".

He said the whole proposition that he had anything to do with the killing "was so absolutely preposterous that I chose to deal with it in this way".

Events since late 1996 clearly impacted hugely on both him and his partner Jules Thomas, he said.

It was "perverse" to suggest he had "thrived" on what had happened; no one could have enjoyed this "long, ongoing nightmare".

He was being re-examined by Mr Giblin yesterday when his 10 days in the witness box, mostly under cross-examination, ended.


Mr Bailey has sued the Garda Commissioner and the State who deny claims of alleged wrongful arrest and conspiracy arising from the investigation into the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier in 1996 in west Cork.

He also told the court he had a drink problem but dealt with it and attended 120 AA meetings over 90 days from September 2001 after he and Ms Thomas had parted.

She came back to him after he had addressed the drink issue.

He agreed he kept notes and diaries during the 1990s and said that was to note his thoughts and events and for creative purposes.

Asked about a reference to "foolish bowsie" in his diary, he said he thought bowsie featured in Brendan Behan's song, The Auld Triangle, and that entry indicated he was trying not to be that.

Asked about garda interviews, Mr Bailey said garda notes of interviews during his first arrest did not reflect "the menacing threat aspect" or the "mantra" that "you did it".

Earlier, Mr Bailey told Luan O Braonaun SC, for the State, he was "deeply unhappy" about the State revealing his personal diaries in public and considered that an "absolute intrusion".

He said a lot of his notes were "just ramblings".

He agreed he wrote in 1994 that he had "sacrificed my life to debauchery" but said that was an "overstatement" as he "clearly had not".

Asked about a reference to a "wet-day J", he said he had smoked marijuana but that was not uncommon in west Cork.

Asked if he had smoked up to six joints a day, he said they were "very, very small" and he had not smoked them in years.

Later yesterday, Ms Thomas began her evidence.

She agreed with her counsel she was arrested on February 10, 1997 over the murder.

Her evidence continues next Tuesday.