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Ian Bailey ordered to pay €115,000 compensation to family of murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 12/06/2019 Sarah Collins
Ian Bailey sitting on a bench in a garden: Unsolved: Ian Bailey at his house outside Schull in Co Cork last month © Independent News & Media Unsolved: Ian Bailey at his house outside Schull in Co Cork last month

FORMER journalist Ian Bailey has been ordered to pay €115,000 in compensation to the family of murdered French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier posing for the camera: Murdered: Sophie was found dead near her holiday home Murdered: Sophie was found dead near her holiday home Mr Bailey (62) was convicted of the murder of Ms du Plantier (39) by a Paris court last month, and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. He has consistently denied the charges, and did not attend the week-long trial.

Ian Bailey wearing a suit and tie: Ian Bailey says authorities in Ireland know he is innocent. Photo: Collins Courts © www.collinsphotos.com Ian Bailey says authorities in Ireland know he is innocent. Photo: Collins Courts A civil judgment lodged by Judge Frédérique Aline on 11 June says Mr Bailey is “entirely responsible” for the "personal injury” suffered by Ms du Plantier’s family.

It describes Mr Bailey as “on the run” and “wanted”, and says the civil action results from “actual and certain” personal injury to the family, “resulting directly from the acts for which Mr Bailey was convicted”.

Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Sophie's son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud arrives at a Paris courthouse Sophie's son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud arrives at a Paris courthouse Mr Bailey is ordered to pay €25,000 to each of Ms du Plantier’s parents, Marguerite and Georges Bouniol, and to her son, Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud. He is to pay €10,000 to each of her brothers, Bertrand and Stéphane Bouniol, and to her aunt, Marie Madeleine Opalka. And to her uncle, Jean-Pierre Gazeau, he must pay €5,000.

Ian Bailey looking at the camera: A younger Ian Bailey A younger Ian Bailey A spokesperson said the court's decision was made “autonomously”, and based on applications made by the family and supporting documents.

Ms du Plantier was beaten to death at her holiday home in Toormore, near Schull, in west Cork, just before Christmas 1996.

Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud wearing a suit and tie: Appeal: Son Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud in Cork yesterday to ask for information about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier ahead of the trial of Ian Bailey. Photo: Provision Appeal: Son Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud in Cork yesterday to ask for information about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier ahead of the trial of Ian Bailey. Photo: Provision Nobody was convicted of the murder in Ireland due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

The French case was the result of 23 years of campaigning by Ms du Plantier’s family, who made a criminal complaint to the French authorities in 1997. Under French law, civil parties can file a complaint in a criminal case, which must then be officially investigated by public prosecutors.

Ian Bailey holding a wine glass: Ian Bailey leaving the Court of Appeal in Dublin after an earlier hearing (Niall Carson/PA) © PA Archive/PA Images Ian Bailey leaving the Court of Appeal in Dublin after an earlier hearing (Niall Carson/PA) Mr Bailey’s lawyer, Frank Buttimer, called the conviction a “grotesque miscarriage of justice” and that the French justice system had “pre-determined” his client’s guilt.

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