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'We brought Sophie to the fore' - why makers of Netflix's Sophie: A Murder in West Cork wanted to keep focus on victim

The producers of a new Netflix documentary about the unsolved murder in west Cork of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork explain why they were anxious to keep the focus on the victim

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French movie producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered 25 years ago in west Cork, but the perpetrator has yet to be brought to justice.

French movie producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered 25 years ago in west Cork, but the perpetrator has yet to be brought to justice.

Ms du Plantier's holiday home in west Cork is still owned by her family. Her son is known to stay there on occasion.

Ms du Plantier's holiday home in west Cork is still owned by her family. Her son is known to stay there on occasion.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her son, Pierre Louis Baudey Vignaud. He has remained dedicated to his mother's case.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her son, Pierre Louis Baudey Vignaud. He has remained dedicated to his mother's case.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her husband, Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her husband, Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey, who was convicted in absentia of Sophie Toscan du Plantier's murder by a French court, pictured at his house outside Schull, Co Cork, shortly after the news came through to him. Photo: Mark Condren

Ian Bailey, who was convicted in absentia of Sophie Toscan du Plantier's murder by a French court, pictured at his house outside Schull, Co Cork, shortly after the news came through to him. Photo: Mark Condren

Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Sophie Toscan du Plantier

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French movie producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered 25 years ago in west Cork, but the perpetrator has yet to be brought to justice.

On the morning of December 23, 1996, the body of a woman was discovered in a lane at Toormore, a rocky outcrop six miles west of Schull, Co Cork. Though the victim had sustained 50 separate injuries, and was beaten almost beyond recognition, she was quickly identified as Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer and writer who owned the adjacent holiday home. She was wearing pyjamas, and appeared to have fled her house in a hurry. A rock and a breeze block had been used to kill her.

By the time State Pathologist Dr John Harbison arrived on the scene some 28 hours later, establishing an accurate time of death was no longer possible, and much potentially vital forensic evidence had been lost.


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