herald

Monday 18 December 2017

Garda notes are 'invention', says Bailey's partner

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey arrive at the High Court
Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey arrive at the High Court

THE partner of Ian Bailey has described as "absolute invention" a claim that he had told her he had a feeling something bad was going to happen around the time of the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Jules Thomas and Mr Bailey were separately detained on February 10, 1997, for questioning in Bandon Garda Station in connection with the murder of the woman whose body was found near Toormore, Schull, on the morning of December 23, 1996.

Yesterday, Ms Thomas told the High Court she had no recollection of saying to gardai that Mr Bailey got up about an hour after they went to bed on the night of December 22/23 1996, having left a bar in Schull at about 12.30am.

She did not say he "got up easy" so as not to wake her up. She agreed it was common for Mr Bailey to leave the bed and said he would often get up to write and had a newspaper article to write at that time.

She denied telling gardai Mr Bailey said to her, when they stopped at Hunt's Hill near Schull sometime earlier that night on their way home, he had a feeling something bad was going to happen. That was "absolute invention", she said.

She was asked about garda notes recording she had said Mr Bailey asked her at Hunt's Hill was that "Alfie's house" over there (a reference to Alf Lyons, whose home was adjacent to Ms Toscan du Plantier's holiday home), before saying there's a light on.

She claims Mr Bailey had not said that and a note by gardai recording she had said Mr Bailey had said he was going over there later was "pure invention".

Gardai had referred during interviews with her to there being a party in Mr Lyons' house that night but there was no party, she said. She also denied telling gardai Mr Bailey had "mentally manipulated me".

She was being cross-examined in the continuing action by Mr Bailey against the Garda Commissioner and State arising from the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier.

The defendants deny all of Mr Bailey's claims, including of wrongful arrest and conspiracy to manufacture evidence.

Paul O'Higgins SC, for the State, put it to Ms Thomas she was incorrect in saying there were additions, omissions and inventions in Garda notes of the interviews with her in Bandon.

Ms Thomas disagreed and said there were.

Asked about a statement signed by her at 11.50pm on February 10, 1997, she said the English used in that statement on occasions was not her English and there were "additions, omissions, inventions and observations" she had not made.

SCRATCH

She said she told gardai she had seen no scratch on Mr Bailey's forehead on Sunday December 22, 1996, and had not told gardai "or at least I didn't see one", as their notes recorded. He had a "tiny nick" on his hairline, she said.

Asked had she told gardai Mr Bailey could have pushed out her car without her knowing and freewheeled it down the road, as he had done so in the past, she said she did not think she said that and also denied saying Mr Bailey sometimes went "walkabout" at night. The case continues on Tuesday.

hnews@herald.ie

Promoted articles

Entertainment News