Ian Bailey ordered to pay compensation to the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey ordered to pay compensation to the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Ian Bailey pictured in West Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

THE son and elderly parents of Sophie Toscan du Plantier are among a number of family members who are to receive €115,000 in compensation from Ian Bailey, according to a French civil judgement.

The judgement by Judge Frederique Aline follows the conviction of Mr Bailey in a French court in his absence last month.

The former journalist was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder and Judge Aline ordered that a new EU arrest warrant be issued for him.

Pierre-Louis Baudey Vignaud talks to the press at the Paris courthouse. Picture Marc Piasecki
Pierre-Louis Baudey Vignaud talks to the press at the Paris courthouse. Picture Marc Piasecki

However, a civil judgement relating to compensation has now also been handed down.

The compensation is to be paid to her son Pierre Louise Baudey Vignaud, her parents Georges and Marguerite Bouniol, as well as her two brothers, her aunt and her uncle.

In the ten years since the French probe got underway, Sophie Toscan du Plantier's remains were exhumed from her grave in France and re-interred after a fresh autopsy.

Mr Bailey has always argued his innocence and has fought against his extradition to France for the trial. However, his fight to prevent a French trial was rejected in France's Supreme Court last year.

Investigators came to Ireland a number of times to question people who were witnesses in the garda investigation.

In late 2014, Ian Bailey took a High Court action for wrongful arrest against the State, which he lost.

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