IAN Bailey had time to slip away from the home he shared with Jules Thomas and kill Sophie Toscan du Plantier before returning undetected, French prosecutors are set to claim in court. Authorities will further allege that the murder was entirely spontaneous and occurred after the killer called unexpectedly to the door of Ms Toscan du Plantier late at night and a row broke out between them. But Bailey has always maintained his innocence and denied any involvement in the murder. It is set to be claimed that the victim was surprised by the killer who called to her holiday home late at night as she read on the night of December 22, The prosecution alleges the English former freelance journalist has given conflicting accounts of his whereabouts the night of the murder.
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The strange trial, with no one in the dock, was held at the Assize Courts in Paris because a quirk in the law allows a prosecution to be brought in any attack on a French citizen abroad. Ms Dose said it was clear from an examination of his diaries that Bailey was a sexual obsessive with an appetite for perversity.
She was French, she was famous, she was an artist, she was the wife of the most powerful film producer in France. Jules Thomas also arrested. Both released without charge.
Death in December: The story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier
DPP recommends no prosecution. Garda file given to French authorities. May Bailey found guilty and sentenced to 25 years by a Paris court.
He will only go to jail if Ireland decides to extradite him. Pierre, 38, sat at the front of the courtroom as three French judges looked again at the crime-scene evidence — including the bloody 17in concrete block the killer used to bludgeon his mother over the head.
It was revealed that Bailey had cuts to his hands, which he claimed to have got from plucking turkeys and cutting Christmas trees. Psychiatrist Michel La Rousse told the court that Sophie and Daniel had an open marriage, and that the place in rural, windswept Ireland was her bolthole from the stress of Paris life. Before moving to Ireland in and reinventing himself as a poet and gardener, he was a journalist in England.
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