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Ian Bailey: I was given 'black and tan' shirt to wear by gardai

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Ian Bailey pictured arriving at the Four Courts

Ian Bailey pictured arriving at the Four Courts

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Ian Bailey pictured arriving at the Four Courts

JOURNALIST Ian Bailey has told the High Court that there was a "strong, complete xenophobia" shown towards him by gardai during his first arrest for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Under cross-examination for a fourth day in his High Court civil action against gardai and the State, Mr Bailey said that he didn't complain - at the time of his February 1997 arrest - about a "black and tan" shirt given to him by gardai to wear.

 Mr Bailey said that as an Englishman, there was a message from gardai  "if you think you come over here and do this sort of thing, you are wrong".

 The now 57 year old said that he did not make any complaint to a doctor who took a blood sample from him during his detention at Bandon Garda station and confirmed that he signed custody records which stated that he had "no complaints" about his treatment during his first arrest.

 Mr Bailey was twice arrested but never charged in relation to the killing.

 The State and gardai deny Mr Bailey's claims for damages for alleged wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy during the investigation of the murder of Ms Du Plantier in west Cork in December 1996.

 Yesterday Mr Bailey admitted that he was wrong when he claimed he had not been read his rights as a suspect during his first arrest for the murder after he was presented with a contemporary diary note written by him which stated that he had.

 The 57 year old believes, to this day, that there was "a French connection" to the death of the French film-maker.

 He also said he regretted making a "black joke" about the murder to a former 'Sunday Tribune' news editor to the effect that he killed Sophie Toscan du Plantier to resurrect his career as a journalist.

 The "black joke" was one of two alleged informal admissions of the December 1996 murder which are denied by Mr Bailey.

 The second alleged admission was in 1997 to a then 14-year-old boy, who told gardai that Mr Bailey drunkenly admitted to him [the teenager] that Mr Bailey "went up there with a rock one night and bashed her f***ing brains in".

 The case continues before Mr Justice John Hedigan and a jury of eight men and four women.

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