Saturday 23 June 2018

After 20 years in the frame, where is the evidence against Ian Bailey?

The hunt for Sophie Toscan du Plantier's killer has long focused on one suspect, but little links him to the crime, writes Gene Kerrigan

Ian Bailey leaving court in Dublin last week. His biggest mistake may have been seeking refuge in black humour Photo: Collins Courts
Ian Bailey leaving court in Dublin last week. His biggest mistake may have been seeking refuge in black humour Photo: Collins Courts
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

To spare his blushes, we'll call the man Paddy Murphy, though that's not his name. On February 20, 1997, he and his partner and their three-year old son approached Kealfadda Bridge, in West Cork.

Paddy was playing detective.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier had been murdered almost two months earlier, on December 23, 1996. The killing left many in the region shocked, but the gardai believed they'd cracked the case.

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