Tape referred to poitín and moon

References were made to poitín, cash, clothes and the moon during recorded conversations played in the High Court yesterday to the jury hearing Ian Bailey’s action for damages against the State.

Tape referred to poitín and moon

The conversations were between gardaí and Martin Graham, who claims he was offered “incentives” to befriend journalist Ian Bailey.

A recording of a conversation between Det Jim Fitzgerald and Mr Graham on May 21, 1997, was played during which the two discussed Mr Bailey and arranged to meet at a shrine the following evening.

During that conversation, Det Fitzgerald said “...we are trying to establish the truth”. He also refers to a sale in a clothes shop “that Liam got you some stuff there before”, and asks: “Are you okay for that stuff?”. Mr Graham replied: Well, you know the sort of, like the T-shirts I wear, you know... With the collars”, and adds: “Maybe a couple.”

In another recording of a conversation between Mr Graham, Det Fitzgerald and Garda Michael Coughlan, made during a car journey of May 22, 1997, there was further discussion about Mr Graham going to meet Mr Bailey. Det Fitzgerald said it was a case of trying to find “ways and means of establishing the truth”.

There were also references to poitín and Mr Graham said he had been given alcohol, including poitín, by the garda. During the conversation, Mr Graham asks “have you got some hash?” and Det Fitzgerald replies he has “cash... I have a bit of money here for you and a bit of stuff”.

After a discussion concerning Mr Graham speaking with Mr Bailey, Det Fitzgerald told Mr Graham there could be revelations “that could save another life” and that people were scared, “especially women that he has assaulted in the past”.

Det Fitzgerald added: “When things die down, things will revert back to the old ways, drink, joints, the moon and everything.”

Det Fitzgerald also asked Mr Graham whether he studies the moon, Mr Graham said he always did and the two men then discuss high and low moons and energised moons.

Det Fitzgerald said: “You never know, Martin, the moon brought a tragedy, but it could bring the truth now, couldn’t it, because that’s what we’re gearing for.”

Earlier, Mr Graham said a statement signed by him and dated February 25, 1997, did not precisely reflect what Mr Bailey had said when Mr Bailey was in the house in Skibbereen owned by Russell Barrett after his release from his first arrest. It was a prepared statement made in the back of a car and was not read over to him at the time, he said.

Mr Graham said references in the statement to Mr Bailey talking about being “possessed by the moon”, having gone up to the house and “killed her” and having blacked out and not being able to remember what he had done, reflected Mr Bailey talking about what the police were telling Mr Bailey he had done, Mr Graham said.

The statement also said Mr Bailey had said: “If this is what happened, then I did”, and that Mr Barrett had told Mr Bailey to: “Shut up, man, don’t be stupid”, and Mr Bailey had “clamped up”.

Mr Graham said Mr Bailey was very agitated at the time and kept saying he was concerned his case was being prejudiced by media reports and other matters. Mr Bailey was resolute he was being fitted up and was scary in his angst about being victimised and pursued, he said.

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