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Sophie Toscan du Plantier's uncle hopes Garda investigation will lead to new charges

'There is a new investigation from gardaí... we hope there will be some outcome from this new investigation'
Sophie Tuscan Du Plantier. Picture by Patrick Zimmermann/AFP via Getty Images

Sophie Tuscan Du Plantier. Picture by Patrick Zimmermann/AFP via Getty Images

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The uncle of murdered French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier has expressed hope that a new Garda investigation will lead to charges being brought in connection with the case.

It comes ahead of the 25th anniversary of Sophie’s death on Thursday, that her family will be remembering, with services in west Cork and France in the coming days.

Just two days before Christmas in 1996, the French filmmaker was beaten to death with a brick and a rock outside her holiday home in Schull in west Cork.

Ahead of the anniversary, her uncle, Jean-Pierre Gazeau said he was hopeful that there may be some new developments.

He told Newstalk: "There is a new investigation from gardaí... we hope there will be some outcome from this new investigation.

"We hope strongly the new DPP will have new consideration about the case."

No one has ever been charged with Sophie's murder in Ireland, although former journalist Ian Bailey was twice arrested.

Mr Bailey has denied any involvement in the 1996 murder and has never been convicted in Ireland of any wrongdoing in relation the case.

A French court convicted him in absentia of the murder, but Ireland’s courts have denied three different extradition orders issued by French authorities.

Jean-Pierre said it's a "pity" the Irish State has refused to extradite Mr Bailey, as extradition could lead to a full new trial in which Mr Bailey would be able to give his defence and have his own legal team.

But Mr Bailey has previously said he has no intention of going to France, as he doesn't believe he will be given a fair trial.

He has also reiterated that he's an "innocent man".


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