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Sophie Toscan du Plantier was killed with 'extreme violence' - Paris murder trial hears

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire

Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire

Journalist Ian Bailey is on trial in Paris ‘in absentia’ accused of the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Journalist Ian Bailey is on trial in Paris ‘in absentia’ accused of the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire

Sophie Toscan du Plantier suffered multiple fractures, lacerations and was killed with “extreme violence”, a Paris court heard today.

The accused, 62-year-old journalist and poet Ian Bailey, is being tried in absentia after Ireland refused successive extradition requests from the French authorities. He has repeatedly denied the charges.

Expert medical witness Marc Taccoen said the 39-year-old mother-of-one suffered fractures to her skull, defensive fractures to her hands and multiple lacerations to her brain and body, after she was hit repeatedly with a “heavy object”. He said that “considerable force” was used to wield the object, which could be either a breeze block or a large flat stone, both of which were found near her body.


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