Sophie's parents returning to West Cork this weekend

Sophie's parents returning to West Cork this weekend
Marguerite and George Bouniol, parents of the late Sophie Toscan du Plantier, meeting the media at the spot where she was killed below her house near Toormore in West Cork. Picture: Richard Mills.

THE elderly parents of Sophie Toscan du Plantier are planning to travel to their daughter's Goleen holiday home this weekend for a Mass in the local church.

Georges and Marguerite Bouniol are expected to attend Mass with their son Bertrand and Sophie's son Pierre-Louis at 12 noon on Sunday.

The elderly couple have not visited the home where their daughter spent her last moments for a number of years. Their grandson regularly visits the property with his family.

Pierre-Louis said the visit to west Cork is "in anticipation of the trial of in France at the end of the month".

Englishman Ian Bailey will be tried in his absence in Paris, for the murder of the 39-year-old film producer in December 1996. The trial is expected to last at least a week and will get underway on May 27.

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier pictured when she was a teenager.
Sophie Toscan Du Plantier pictured when she was a teenager.

Goleen, can be tried in France in his absence. He was never charged in Ireland with the murder of the 39-year-old French film producer.

Attempts by France to have him extradited were rejected by the Irish authorities.

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 2005, a woman originally thought to be a key witness, Marie Farrell, withdrew her statements that she had seen Ian Bailey at Kealfadda Bridge, near the murder scene. She said gardaí had pressured her into making the statements.

After she withdrew the statements implicating Ian Bailey, a garda team was set up to investigate the circumstances under which they were withdrawn.

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

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