Du Plantier murder a ‘continuing nightmare’ for Sophie’s parents

The unsolved murder ofSophie Tuscan du Plantier remains a “continuing nightmare” for her parents.

In West Cork for a Mass to mark the 16th anniversary of her death, Georges, 87, and Marguerite Bouniol, 85, said they draw strength from the support of the local community.

They paused for a moment’s reflection at the memorial that marks the spot where their daughter’s body was found outside her holiday home in Toormore, Schull, in Dec 1996.

“It’s a continuing nightmare, I can’t understand it,” Ms Bouniol said.

A pink rose, white flowers and heather were freshly planted at the foot of the memorial yesterday.

At Mass in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Goleen, Mr Bouniol said the family had renewed confidence in the Irish justice system and prayed for truth to end the family’s suffering. “We join our prayers to yours and we ask God to help us find the truth at last for justice to be done.

“We renew our confidence and trust in the justice of Ireland and we keep our hope intact,” he said.

Addressing the congregation through translator and family friend Jean Antoine Bloc-Daudet, Mr Bouniol thanked the people of West Cork.

“We have been missing Sophie now for 16 years and we thank you all for your messages of sympathy expressed through a few words and smiles.

“They tell us ‘we are with you, we support you, we help you to stand and remain strong,’” he said.

The family has paid tribute to Sophie’s love of Ireland by returning each year to mark her tragic death.

The film executive was found battered to death on a lane leading to her home on Dec 23, 1996. She was 39. No one has ever been charged with her killing.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Girl, 16, dumped out of car after sexual assault

Man freed as State drops murder charge over body found in a bog

Watch as Cork students recall Sistine Chapel performance with The Edge ... in words and song

Suspected sexual abuse in foster family


You might also like

Breaking Stories

Talks underway between Intel Ireland and staff about job cuts

Arlene Foster re-elected in North

Nine million cigarettes seized at Dublin port

Taoiseach Enda Kenny announces new cabinet

Lifestyle

The Noel Redding experience is a story that needs to be heard

Birthday boy David Attenborough is still the king of wildlife

Dublin’s delights make for a great day out with the kids

Do people with epilepsy suffer discrimination in the workplace?

More From The Irish Examiner