Friday 19 January 2018

Jury to deliver Bailey verdict as case closes


a VERDICT may be delivered on Monday in the civil action by Ian Bailey over the conduct of the garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Mr Bailey's case is about showing "once and for all" he had nothing to do with the 1996 murder and is the victim of a continuing conspiracy going on more than 18 years, his lawyer said in his closing address.

Although the DPP had said there was no intention to prosecute Mr Bailey, gardai "are still trying to say, it's him, it's him", counsel said.

The lives of Mr Bailey and witness Marie Farrell had been "stripped to the bone", he said. As she had "turned on" the State, she was "squashed like a fly" and gardai told "bare-faced lies", he said.

Closing the case for the Garda Commissioner and State, Paul O'Higgins SC said Ms Farrell was the "lynchpin" of Mr Bailey's case but evidence suggested she was "more than a conventional witness", including evidence she told a woman she expected to get money from the action.

Ms Farrell had given dramatically different accounts of matters over the years, counsel said.

If the matters alleged by Mr Bailey happened, which the State denied, the jury must consider if he suffered any damage when he was never charged with the murder.


There was reasonable suspicion grounding his two arrests and Mr Bailey himself told people various things, including that he was a suspect.

Mr Bailey said "a lot of things in a small community".

The jury heard closing speeches from both sides yesterday after a 63-day hearing.

It will be charged by Mr Justice John Hedigan on Monday before retiring to consider their verdict.


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