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Virgin Media interview Ian Bailey says he believes Sophie Plantier du Toscan killer 'is dead' in new TV interview

'The only thing I can do is to keep on doing what I have been doing, hoping, praying that the truth will come out'


Ian Bailey during the interview

Ian Bailey during the interview

Ian Bailey during the interview

Ian Bailey has said that tragic Sophie Toscan du Plantier wasn’t the “most beautiful of people” in a new TV interview.

Despite several friends of the slain Frenchwoman claiming the former journalist had met her in person, Bailey claims he was never physically in her presence.

“All I know is from the photographs I’ve seen of her,” he insists.

“To my eye she wouldn’t have been necessarily the most beautiful of people. She is attractive, but you know beauty is in the eye of the beholder as we know.”

County Cork-based Bailey tells Virgin Media presenter Colette Fitzpatrick in an interview to be screened tomorrow night that he believes the killer of the Frenchwoman is dead.

And he admits he feels sorry for her only child, son Pierre Louise Baudey, who appeared on The Late Late Show last weekend in the wake of two major TV series on the infamous murder.

When asked if he believed Sophie’s son was speaking directly to him during his appeal for information during his chat with host Ryan Tubridy, he replied: “Oh I think he was. I watched that. When I heard that was going to happen, I made it clear I should have been offered the possible chance of redress or a voice

“I have it now. I watched that on Saturday or Friday night. It’s just so deeply sad. I mean it’s sad for him. I know he believes that I murdered her. I had nothing to do with it. I can’t change that.

“The only thing I can do is to keep on doing what I have been doing, hoping, praying that the truth will come out.

“Somebody will say at some point..now he says the killer is still alive. I have my own theory that the killer is actually dead.”

The Englishman was also asked about when he attacked his former partner Jules Thomas, on at least one occasion leading her to be hospitalised.

When it was put to him by Colette Fitzpatrick that Jules once needed hospital treatment for an injured eye, which she nearly lost, he paused before replying: “Hmm, I know, it’s shameful.”

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It was then pointed out that the eye was swollen ‘the size of a grapefruit’.


“I think that was grossed exaggeration, but I do accept…,” he remarked, before Colette stressed “hospital”.

“Yes, she was, “ confirmed Bailey.

When he was told that Jules also had to get eight stitches in a cut lip she got as a result of his violent attack, he sighed: “Hmm, I know, it’s shameful.”


Earlier this year Jules revealed Bailey physically abused her a number of times and she was finally parting ways with him after a quarter century of a relationship.

She told The Irish Mail On Sunday: “After 25 years I am sick and tired of banging on with this; it’s been just awful – all that stuff in print, the press attention, the photographers, everything.

“I put up with him for far too long and I realise now that it was a waste of time. It was always a one-way flow; men like him don’t ever bend or accommodate ... it’s to do with their egos.”


She added: “Yes, he was physically abusive to me a couple of times; we split up for a while and then got back together again.”

Bailey still lives in a shed in the grounds of Jules’ estate on a farm at Lischall, near Schull in west Cork.

The former journalist turned poet, artist car boot salesman was the prime suspect for the still unsolved murder of French television producer Sophie at Toormore, near Schull, in December 1996.

  • ‘Ian Bailey: The Big Interview’ airs tomorrow at 9pm on Virgin Media One

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