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Fennelly report: A timeline of the recorded garda calls during the Sophie Toscon du Plantier investigation

Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: PA
Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: PA
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The Fennelly Commissioner reveals details of phonecalls recorded at Bantry Garda Station over the course of one week in June 1997.

The calls between a ‘Detective Sergeant Alpha’ and several civilians give a new insight into the investigation into the murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

At the time the garda investigation was focused on journalist Ian Bailey.

They are as follows:

· 18 June 1997 – Conversation with an unidentified female civilian.

Detective Sergeant Alpha discussed the progress of the investigation and suggested that Mr Bailey was being shielded by the people he was living with.

· 19 June 1997 – Conversation with a journalist working for a UK publication.

Speaking “off the record”, Detective Sergeant Alpha alleged Mr Bailey was attempting to use the media to build an argument that, due to negative publicity, a fair trial would be impossible. He also disclosed that Mr Bailey was not under surveillance and discussed another former suspect in the case.

· 23 June 1997 – Call with a family member.

Detective Sergeant Alpha briefly discussed the progress of the investigation and referred to Mr Bailey as “a cunning bastard.”

· 24 June 1997 – Conversation with an employee of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

Detective Sergeant Alpha made allegations concerning Mr Bailey, including saying that he had beaten his partner “to a pulp a few times” and that An Garda Síochána also believed he had committed similar assaults in England.

· 24 June 1997 – Call with a local TD in West Cork to discuss a letter of complaint from Mr Bailey and his partner.

Detective Sergeant Alpha informed the TD that Mr Bailey’s re-arrest was imminent.

· 24 June 1997 – Two calls with a family member.

Detective Sergeant Alpha discussed the investigation and alleged that Mr Bailey was making “all kinds of allegations” against An Garda Síochána in relation to it.

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