Belfast Telegraph

Racism why I was held over killing

By Ed Carty

A former journalist has told a court Garda racism was behind his arrest for the unsolved murder of a French film-maker in Ireland.

Giving evidence for a sixth day in his civil action against the Irish State, which he is suing for wrongful arrest in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier investigation, Ian Bailey said he detected anti-English xenophobia when gardai gave him a black and tan shirt to wear during questioning.

Mme Toscan du Plantier (39) was found beaten to death in Cork on December 23, 1996.

Mr Bailey, who denies any involvement in the unsolved killing, was arrested in February 1997 and again in January 1998 as part of the investigation - but never charged.

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