Thursday 30 March 2017

Bailey shrugs off law woes at market

Ian Bailey with his partner Jules Thomas at their stall in the farmers' market in Schull, Co Cork, yesterday
Ian Bailey with his partner Jules Thomas at their stall in the farmers' market in Schull, Co Cork, yesterday

Olivia Kelleher

FORMER journalist Ian Bailey was yesterday attempting to carry on with his normal life despite the threat of extradition to France hanging over this head.

The 53-year-old Englishman pushed aside his legal woes to man a brioche stall at a farmers' market in Schull, west Cork.

Authorities in France have issued an arrest warrant for Mr Bailey to face charges there in connection with the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

However, yesterday he joined his partner Jules Thomas at the bustling market where they were selling a selection of breads as well as artwork by Ms Thomas.

The application for Mr Bailey's arrest is understood to have been received by the Department of Justice last month and has been sent to the Attorney General.

The move to issue a European arrest warrant for Ian Bailey was described last week by his solicitor Frank Buttimer as "a nonsense" and "extraordinary".

Mr Buttimer said that neither Mr Bailey nor he had had any contact or communication from French magistrate Judge Patrick Gachon.

Mr Bailey, who has lived in west Cork since the early 1990s, but is originally from Manchester, has continually protested his innocence of any involvement in Ms du Plantier's death.

The filmmaker's body was found outside her holiday home at Toormore near Schull in west Cork on the morning of December 23, 1996. Although gardai twice arrested Mr Bailey for questioning about the murder, no one has ever been charged in connection with her violent death.

Following her murder, the Director of Public Prosecutions decided that no charges be referred against Mr Bailey. However, a French inquiry was established and the garda file on the case handed over.

Irish Independent

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