Lawsuit by man held over French film-maker's 1996 killing
A hugely-anticipated lawsuit is set to begin over an Englishman's claims that he was wrongly arrested over the murder of a French film-maker in Ireland almost two decades ago.
Sophie Toscan du Plantier was beaten to death on a freezing night outside her holiday home on a remote west Cork hillside on December 23 1996. Ian Bailey (57), a former freelance journalist originally from the Manchester area, was arrested twice over the 39-year-old's murder, but never prosecuted.
The killing remains unsolved and Mr Bailey is suing for wrongful arrest. The High Court civil action in Dublin could run for more than six weeks.
Mr Bailey, who has lived in west Cork for 23 years and has an address in Liscaha, Schull, was first arrested over the du Plantier killing in February 1997, and again in January the following year.