One of Ireland’s most notorious crimes remains unsolved.
Ian Bailey appeared on Virgin Media One’s The Big Interview last night to answer questions from Colette Fitzpatrick, relating to the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
While Bailey has never been charged by the Gardaí in connection with the crime, he has been tried and convicted in absentia by a French court.
Once again, Bailey denied any involvement in the death of Ms. Toscan du Plantier, saying “I was falsely accused and falsely put in the frame from almost day one. That was coming up to 25 years ago. My life, my partner’s life, a lot of people’s lives have been disrupted, but I can assure you and your listeners that I have nothing to do with this crime.”
Bailey was also quizzed on his history of domestic violence, perpetrated against his former partner Jules Thomas. When Bailey said that claims of the injuries suffered by Ms. Thomas are “exaggerated,” Fitzpatrick reminded Bailey that she had required eight stitches and was hospitalised following his attack on her. Bailey conceded that the act was “shameful.”
He further offered his own theory that Ms. Toscan du Plantier was killed by “a man from Bantry” who was “known to her,” but he said that he believed that this man was now dead. Bailey did not offer any evidence to back up this allegation.
Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family believe Bailey to be responsible for her death, and her son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud appeared on The Late Late Show earlier this month.
Responding to his appearance, Bailey said he “felt like crying.”
“It’s sad for him, I know he believes I murdered her, I had nothing to do with it, the only thing I can do is to keep doing what I’ve been doing and hope and pray that the truth will come out.”