Bailey extradition judgement to be delivered by October

July 17th, 2020 9:44 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Ian Bailey (PIC: Andy Gibson)

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IAN Bailey has been remanded on continuing bail to appear again at the High Court on October 12th as he fights a third attempt by French authorities  to extradite him after a French court last year convicted him  in absentia i of the murder of French film maker Sophie du Toscan Plantier at her holiday home near Schull  in December 1996.

Mr Bailey, with an address at The Prairie, Liscaha, Schull, Cork attended the last three days of hearings at the High Court.

In his sworn affidavit, Mr Bailey said he had nothing to do with the murder of Ms du Plantier. He said that whilst he has not been the subject of criminal court proceedings in Ireland, he has been subject to the criminal process and his standing had suffered greatly in the small rural community where he lives. He tries not to dwell "on being hunted" and writing poetry has had a cathartic effect on him, he said.

Following the parties submissions, Mr Justice Burns said some very important and difficult issues had arisen, which he wanted to give full consideration to and if he came to the conclusion that he needed additional information he would recall both sides. The judge reserved judgment and said he would deliver it on October 12 at 2pm.

Mr Bailey was remanded on continuing bail until that date.

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