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I became suicidal, says reporter 'framed' over Cork murder

By Ed Carty

A former journalist who claims he was framed for the unsolved murder of a French film-maker in Ireland has said he was suicidal over it.

Ian Bailey (57), an English reporter who moved to west Cork more than 23 years ago, was twice taken in for questioning over the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The 39-year-old producer was found by two neighbours beaten to death outside her holiday home on a remote west Cork hillside on the morning of December 23 1996.

Her killer was never found.

Mr Bailey told the High Court in Dublin - where he is suing the Irish State for wrongful arrests and mistreatment by detectives in the year after the killing - that he could see no way out of the alleged conspiracy.

"I don't think I handled it very well in the early days," he said.

"I got to the edge, where I was contemplating the possibility of suicide."

Mr Bailey also detailed a death threat he faced when he was first taken in for questioning and named the Garda he claimed issued it.

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