BEFORE he discharged the jury after the longest running civil case to be tried before a jury, Mr Justice John Hedigan said he had a final thing to say about this long and difficult case.
"There has always been the shadow of Madam Sophie Toscan du Plantier and her tragic and senseless death in this case," said Judge Hedigan, invoking the memory of the French filmmaker who was murdered near her Toormore, Schull home on December 23, 1996.
Freelance journalist Ian Bailey was twice arrested on suspicion of the murder of Ms du Plantier.
But he was never charged and denies any involvement in the unsolved killing.
Addressing the court after a five-month trial, Judge Hedigan said that it was a source of dismay and anguish in both Ireland and France that her killer had not been brought to justice.
"A beloved mother, wife and daughter, I do not want it thought that her life was forgotten here in this court," said Judge Hedigan before the court sitting ended.
His life has been destroyed for almost 20 years because he was "being fitted" for a crime he didn't commit - that was the case advanced by Ian Bailey and his legal team. The alleged conspiracy led to him taking a civil action against the State and the gardaí.