Ian Bailey will not be attending a special memorial concert for murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork.
No ticket was provided and the man who has admitted to being the prime suspect in the notorious 1996 crime, which the Taoiseach has branded “a stain on Irish society”, has not come forward.
Mr Bailey, who failed to respond to attempts by Independent.ie, has been banned from the Harbor Hotel in Schull, where tomorrow’s concert will take place.
This ban stems from a separate nuisance alleged to have been caused on the premises which the Irish Independent seen referenced in emails.
Mr Bailey, 65, has been convicted of the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier in France, a trial he did not attend. However, he has long protested his innocence to his lawyer – and branded this process as a farce. The extradition was refused by the Irish courts.
Mr Bailey, who describes himself as a journalist and poet, is now planning a three-part podcast to highlight his story and position on the case.
Ms Toscan du Plantier’s uncle, Jean-Pierre Gazeau, flew to Ireland today to represent Sophie’s family at the ‘Remember Me’ concert organized on a not-for-profit basis by the local community to show solidarity with her ongoing suffering demonstrate.
Mr Gazeau brought special messages from Sophie’s parents, Georges Bouniol, 96, and his wife Marguerite, 91, in which they thanked the community for their support as a full re-investigation of the Garda takes place, aiming to give the Director of Public Prosecutions a new one File to be submitted (DPP) for consideration.
Ms Bouniol tells the sold-out crowd: “We can’t be with you, but we are with you wholeheartedly.”
Her husband Georges, a former dentist, sent a single sentence: “Sophie was dying to become Irish.”
People tell us they know who it was, and one name keeps popping up
Her body was found outside her holiday home in Toormore, West Cork, on the morning of 23 December 1996.
Dressed in a nightgown and boots, she had received about 50 blows to the skull from a rock and a heavy hollow block of concrete.
“We think Sophie knew her killer because she answered the door – although she was probably carrying a small red hatchet for her own protection,” Mr Gazeau said Irish Independent.
“Maybe she used it because it’s gone since that night. It may have been the self-defense blow that drove her killer insane and caused him to kill her in anger.”
He added: “We’re still getting constant news and reports from Ireland and people are getting in touch. Mostly it’s just sympathy. For example, this summer we received bracelets with Sophie’s name that someone made for the family.
“People tell us they know who it was and one name keeps popping up. The family must leave it to the Garda and we pass on everything that could help them.
“They have occasional contact with us to update us on progress. We are optimistic and hope that the new investigation will bring results. Once again as Pierre-Louis (Sophie’s son) did The Late Late Show (in September 2021) we call for you to get in touch.
“We know there are people out there who can help bring the killer to justice, even after all this time. We know, so please do it.”
The concert includes harpists, cellists, violinists and other instrumentalists, as well as tenor and soprano arias. A mix of classical, operatic and modern music loved by Sophie, interspersed with poetry, including by her favorite William Butler Yeats.
A book was found by her bed after he killed her, opened at the Yeats poem A death dream.
Mr. Gazeau will address the gathering, which will include senior members of the Garda investigation team.
A program for the event includes an entry in the victim’s diary, which reads: “I really love this country…I feel comfortable here. I would like to find a house and stay there for a while.”
The 17 listed performances end with an interpretation of the classic by Edith Piaf, life is pink.
https://www.independent.ie/news/ian-bailey-will-not-attend-special-memorial-concert-for-murder-victim-sophie-toscan-du-plantier-in-cork-42010914.html Ian Bailey will not be attending a special memorial concert for murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Cork