French judge orders exhumation of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

A French judge has ordered the exhumation of murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier to allow her family have a new post-mortem carried out.

The exhumation will take place next week to allow the family obtain a detailed medical report on what exactly happened the 39-year-old French film producer.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier's badly beaten body was found near the entrance to her holiday home at Toormore near Schull in Co Cork on the morning of the December 23 1996.

Gardaí believe that Miss Toscan du Plantier was murdered late on December 22, or the early hours of December 23 as she tried to flee in her nightclothes from her attacker.

A new association, set up by Sophie's uncle, has sought access to Irish documents.

They have written to the Irish authorities seeking a copy of the post-mortem examination carried out by the now retired State Pathologist Dr John Harbison on the French film producer.

Gardaí twice arrested an Englishman for questioning about the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier, but no-one has ever been charged with her murder.

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