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Jules Thomas to sue State despite Ian Bailey verdict News Desk

Published 01/04/2015 | 15:57

Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arriving at the Four Courts in Dublin Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arriving at the Four Courts in Dublin Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ian Bailey and partner Jules Thomas leaving the High Court after losing his case against An Garda Siochana and the State Credit: COURTPIX
Solicitor Frank Buttimer reads a statement to the media watched by Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey Credit: Courts Collins

Jules Thomas is to go ahead with her claim against the State despite her partner Ian Bailey’s failed compensation bid.

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Ms Thomas is claiming High Court damages for wrongful arrest on two occasions by Gardai, in relation to the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The Welsh artist has never been charged and is claiming her arrests were designed purely to unnerve Ian Bailey.

She has also said that the arrests caused her enormous stress.

Her solicitor, Frank Buttimer, who also represented Mr Bailey, said "she is ready to proceed with her case as soon as a hearing date is set."

Ms Thomas was first arrested along with Mr Bailey in February 1997, two months after the French film maker’s death, and a second time in September 2000.

Read more: Ian Bailey loses long-running civil action against Garda Commissioner and State over conduct into murder probe

She acted as a witness in Mr Bailey’s case against the State, where he sought damages over claims Gardai had tried to frame him for Ms du Plantier’s murder by influencing a key witness’s statements, and testified over several days.

It is thought that Mr Bailey could be called as a witness in her case.

It is expected her hearing could be completed within a fortnight, in contrast with Mr Bailey’s case, which ran on 64 days over a four-and-a-half month period before it concluded on Monday with the jury deciding against his claim.

The jury were not been allowed to deliberate on Mr Bailey’s claim for wrongful arrest after Mr Justice Hedigan granted an application by the State that it be  struck out on the grounds that Mr Bailey had waited too long to lodge his complaint.

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