Bailey said 'I bashed her brains in', witness claims

"I went up there with a rock and bashed her f***ing brains in," Ian Bailey said to a 14-year-old boy in Schull, Co Cork, almost seven years ago in relation to the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, it was claimed today.

"I went up there with a rock and bashed her f***ing brains in," Ian Bailey said to a 14-year-old boy in Schull, Co Cork, almost seven years ago in relation to the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, it was claimed today.

Mr Bailey has already admitted he gave the boy a lift and told him what was being said about him in relation to the murder, but he totally denied confessing to the crime as described.

However, Malachi Reed, who is now aged 21, testified at Cork Circuit Court today that Ian Bailey said these words to him as Mr Bailey gave him a lift home from Schull one evening in January or February of 1997.

"I got a very cold shiver, nervousness, I didn’t know what to do. I kept my mouth shut for two miles. He said, ‘How are you getting on in school?’ I said the first thing that came into my head," Mr Reed said.

Mr Reed told his mother, Irene Amanda Reed, the following day and they were both so nervous they put dead-bolts on the doors of their home because they were living in the area of Mr Bailey’s home and were frightened.

Defence barrister said this testimony was rubbish and he asked the witness why he thought that Mr Bailey would say such a thing to him.

"I often ask myself the same question," Mr Reed replied.

Mrs Reed said: "A person is innocent until proven guilty but why would he say such a thing unless he was implicated in some way?"

Richard and Rosie Shelley met Ian Bailey on New Year’s Eve, 1998, in Hackett’s Bar in Schull and they went back to his home in The Prairie, Schull, after midnight.

They testified today that he spoke at length about the murder and brought out his album of newspaper clippings related to the crime.

Mrs Shelley said he seemed to have all of the articles that had been written.

They said that Jules Thomas went to bed and that at one stage Ian Bailey began to cry and he put his arms around Mr Shelley and said: "I did it, I did it, I went too far."

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