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'Baileyland' Sophie Toscan Du Plantier’s uncle criticises Ian Bailey role in Jim Sheridan documentary

'Besides the artistic quality of the documentary, I don't agree about the content'


Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier’s uncle Jean-Pierre Gazeau has criticised the Jim Sheridan 'Murder at the Cottage' documentary as he claims it presents suspect Ian Bailey as a victim. 

"My reactions were contrasted, because for the documentary of Jim Sheridan, besides the artistic quality of the documentary, I don't agree about the content,” he told Pat Kenny on Newstalk.

"For me, it appeared eventually it was presenting Ian Bailey as a victim.”

However, he said the other documentary about the case, the Netflix production of 'Sophie: A Murder in West Cork' was made in collaboration with the family.

“I am firmly satisfied by the quality of the documentary on that by all reactions we got after the release of the documentary,” he added.


Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Sophie Toscan du Plantier


Mr Gazeau also spoke about Ian Bailey who was found guilty of murder by a French court in 2019, and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

"Ian Bailey has a specific character, a deeply narcissist character,” he said.

“In some sense, what happens now, the region of Schull is becoming - because of the documentaries and so on - is becoming a touristic place.

"And it's a kind of 'Baileyland' - like we have Disneyland, the people want to see him. And in some sense he is happy with that".

"Any question on the case is legitimate, but we should not forget that for the French justice Ian Bailey has been recognised as a killer and has been condemned to 25 years of jail.

"If Ireland had extradited Ian Bailey, Ian Bailey would have the right to have a new trial: but at the moment, he is free - completely free in Ireland.

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"We are two European countries, and we are part of the same European Union.

"So there are special agreement in the judicial cooperation - Ireland respects its signature fulfilling the European Judicial Collaboration.

"On the other hand, I don't agree at all about the fact the DPP never gave sound arguments not to prosecute Ian Bailey".


Sophie Toscan Du Plantier (Picture: Provision)

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier (Picture: Provision)

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier (Picture: Provision)


On the Garda investigation into his niece's murder, he says questions remain.

"I think certainly there were some mistakes at the very beginning, because that region of Ireland wasn't absolutely used to this kind of event.

"Why Ian Bailey was really fast considered as a prime suspect - there were circumstantial evidences of course.

"But what about the scratches? What about the schedule of Ian Bailey during the night?

"What about the fact he confessed to a series of people he did it? He cannot find the kind of excuse as black humour - I don't believe that."

Despite his conviction in absentia of the killing by the Paris court in 2019 Mr Bailey has always vehemently protested his innocence.

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