Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a French television producer who was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Schull, Co Cork, Ireland, on the night of December 23, 1996.
The senior garda officer who ordered a cold case review of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier said claims of a new “person of interest” and supposedly missing evidence were among the factors that influenced his decision.
French authorities are willing to offer gardaí full access to their eight-year probe into the murder of French film executive Sophie Toscan du Plantier to support the cold-case review launched by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
NO STONE will be left unturned to bring Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s killer to justice, the Taoiseach and Justice Minister Helen McEntee agreed today in the wake of an announced new investigation by the Serious Crime Review Team.
Here we go again. Another twist in the du Plantier case. But let’s not rehash the awful murder; let’s go to the conflict at the heart of the case — between the Garda Síochána and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
A witness who claims she saw Ian Bailey attempting to clean bloodstained clothing a day after the murder of Sophie T oscan du Plantier has given a fresh statement to the revived garda investigation.
On the day Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s body was found at the end of the lane at her holiday home near Schull in 1996, a group of old school friends who were home for Christmas prepared to meet for drinks in the local pub. It was Monday, December 23, the day before Christmas Eve. Ronan Collins, an engineering student, had dinner at his friend Dillon Fairbairn’s house. Both were at Schull Community School with Jules Thomas’s children, Saffy, Ginny and Fenella.
Almost 26 years since the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier at her West Cork holiday home, there are still avenues via which gardaí could catch the killer – or identify the culprit if the person is dead.
Ian Bailey’s solicitor Frank Buttimer said he does not believe any new DNA evidence will be uncovered which will reveal who murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier over 25 years ago.
The investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is no longer a reassessment, but has moved into a series of fresh interviews with established witnesses and newly identified potential sources of information.
A preliminary review by specialist cold-case investigators into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is now complete, and is due to be submitted to one of the most senior gardaí in the country, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Ian Bailey “felt like crying” as he watched the son of murdered Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier make an emotional appeal on Friday’s Late Late Show for anyone with information about her killing to come forward.
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