Garda's death won't delay Bailey action
Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30
The death of a key witness will not delay the legal action being taken by Ian Bailey against the State for alleged wrongful arrest.
Former garda superintendent Liam Hogan (63) died in the Seychelles two weeks ago from a suspected heart attack.
Mr Hogan was expected to be a high-profile witness in Mr Bailey's action against the State given that the officer was one of those whose phone calls were secretly recorded at Bandon garda station in the late 1990s.
Mr Hogan insisted in an affidavit submitted to the High Court that the recordings were made without his knowledge and without his permission.
The senior garda, who retired in 2009, was attached to the Dublin-based serious crime squad as a detective sergeant in the late 1990s.
Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39) was battered to death on December 23, 1996 near her isolated holiday home at Toormore outside Schull in west Cork.
Most of the Bandon station recordings relate to the case.
Englishman Mr Bailey (56), who initially reported on the case for a number of Irish, British and French newspapers, was arrested and questioned in relation to the matter in both 1997 and 1998.
He was released without charge on both occasions.
The Manchester-born journalist has consistently protested his innocence and claimed that attempts were made to frame him for the crime.
He is now suing the State for wrongful arrest and complained about his treatment to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).
However, the Irish Independent has learned that the death of the retired garda officer will not delay the court proceedings.