Bailey begins High Court case against gardaí and State

The High Court has heard efforts were allegedly made by gardaí to demonise Ian Bailey - as part of an effort to wrongly implicate him in the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The High Court has heard efforts were allegedly made by gardaí to demonise Ian Bailey as part of an effort to wrongly implicate him in the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The journalist who lives in Schull, Co Cork wants access to Garda files as part of his legal action for damages against the State in which he claims unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, battery and trespass to the person.

Mr Bailey strongly suspects the media were tipped off and that gardaí arranged for members of the press to be present on the two occasions he was arrested in connection with the killing of the French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

He wants fax, phone and email records as part of his legal action for damages against the Garda Commissioner, the Minister for Justice and the State.

He claims he was subject to intimidation during his two periods of detention in 1997 and 1998 and that the notes of interview are not a true reflection of proceedings.

He also wants documents to support his claim that efforts were made to manufacture evidence against him and that witness Marie Farrell who later withdrew her claim, was pressurised into identifying Ian Bailey as the man she had seen on the bridge shortly after Sophie Toscan du Plantier was assaulted and killed.

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