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Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arrive at the Four Courts. Photo: Courtpix.

Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arrive at the Four Courts. Photo: Courtpix.

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Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arrive at the Four Courts. Photo: Courtpix.

A LAWYER for Ian Bailey's partner, Jules Thomas, wrote to a State Solicitor in 1998 saying Ms Thomas "emphatically" would not stand over statements allegedly made by her to gardai in February 1997 if called to give evidence at any trial, the High Court was told.

Ms Thomas and Mr Bailey were separately detained on February 10, 1997, for questioning in Bandon Garda Station in connection with the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, whose body was found near Toormore, Schull, on December 23, 1996.

Yesterday, Ms Thomas (right) said she had no recollection of saying to gardai Mr Bailey got up about an hour after they went to bed on the night of December 22/23 1996, having left a bar in Schull about 12.30am.

She did not say he "got up easy" so as not to wake her up. She agreed it was common for Mr Bailey to leave the bed and said he would often get up to write and had a newspaper article to write at that time.

She denied telling gardai Mr Bailey said to her, when they stopped at Hunt's Hill near Schull sometime earlier that night on their way home, he had a feeling something bad was going to happen.

That was "absolute invention", she said.

Ms Thomas, an artist, was asked about garda notes recording she had said Mr Bailey asked her at Hunt's Hill was that "Alfie's house" over there (a reference to Alf Lyons, whose home was adjacent to Ms Toscan du Plantier's holiday home), before saying there's a light on.

Mr Bailey had not said that and a note by gardai recording she had said that Mr Bailey had said he was going over there later was "pure invention".

Gardai had referred during interviews with her to there being a party in Mr Lyons' house that night but there was no party, she said. She also denied telling gardai Mr Bailey had "mentally manipulated me".

She did not remember saying to gardai Mr Bailey had asked her what she had told gardai about where she was, before telling her: "Ok, stick with that".

She was being cross-examined in the continuing action by Mr Bailey against the Garda Commissioner and State arising from the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier. The defendants deny all of Mr Bailey's claims, including of wrongful arrest and conspiracy to manufacture evidence.

Paul O'Higgins SC, for the State, put to Ms Thomas she was incorrect in saying there were additions, omissions and inventions in Garda notes of the interviews with her in Bandon.

Ms Thomas disagreed and said there were. It was "absolute lies" to suggest she told Marie Farrell (a shopkeeper in Schull who made various statements concerning Mr Bailey) "your day will come", Ms Thomas said.

The case continues on Tuesday before Mr Justice John Hedigan and a jury.

Irish Independent