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.

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