Ian Bailey lawsuit underway

Ian Bailey lawsuit underway

Lawyers for Ian Bailey are setting out his action for damages against the state over claims he was wrongfully arrested.

The 57-year-old claims his life has been a nightmare since he was detained on suspicion of the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull.

Barrister Tom Creed is opening Ian Bailey's case to the jury. So far he has said it is their claim that gardaí set about blaming the 57-year-old for a crime he did not commit by allegedly manufacturing evidence against him.

The court has heard Ian Bailey was arrested on what his side says were bogus concocted suspicions relating to the 1996 murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

His lawyers say an aspect of their case is that Ian Bailey was allegedly greeted by hordes of media reporters and cameras when he left garda custody despite being released without charge.

They claim gardaí put pressure on the DPP after a decision was made not to prosecute the former journalist.

It is also claimed gardaí fed information to the press, who in turn pointed the finger at Ian Bailey, poisoning his life and instilling fear into the community.

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