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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Du Plantier family ‘astonished, disappointed and furious’ at latest delay

Ralph Riegel

A LAWYER for family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier - the French woman murdered in West Cork in 1996 - has said the family was ‘’astonished, disappointed and furious’‘ over the latest twist in this marathon investigation.

Ian Bailey's defence team told the Supreme Court last week that new information had come to light, which they said revealed '’significant garda misbehaviour'’ in the case.

The case was then adjourned.

Mr Bailey denies any involvement in Ms du Plantier's murder.

Lawyer Alain Spilliaert, speaking from Paris, said Sophie Toscan du Plantier's family had been fighting for 15 years to get justice.

He said it was simply incomprehensible that ‘’new’’ documents were presented to the court and then everything was postponed.

The family plans to travel to Ireland to mark her anniversary, despite a setback to hopes of staging a Paris trial next year over her killing.

The elderly parents of the slain French mother of one, Georges and Marguerite Bouniol, will travel to west Cork for Christmas or the new year to mark the 15th anniversary of her murder.

Their lawyer, Alain Spilliaert, said the couple have yet to finalise dates.

Their decision comes after a planned Supreme Court hearing for today of Ian Bailey's appeal against an order to extradite him to France was postponed after Mr Bailey's legal team claimed new documents brought to their attention hint at "breathtaking wrongdoing" by officers of the State.

Mr Spilliaert said the Bouniols feel it is important to honour Sophie's memory on her anniversary each year.

Each year, the elderly couple lay a wreath of white lilies at the stone Celtic cross that marks the spot where Sophie's body was discovered. They then attend Mass in nearby Goleen.

Their daughter's battered body was discovered at 10am on December 23, 1996, at the foot of a laneway leading to her isolated holiday home at Toormore outside Schull in west Cork. She was 39.

Mr Bailey -- a self-confessed suspect in the case -- has vehemently protested his innocence and claimed that repeated attempts were made to frame him for the crime.

Irish Independent

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