Ian Bailey to discuss Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder during in-depth interview on Irish TV

Ian Bailey to discuss Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder during in-depth interview on Irish TV

IAN BAILEY is taking part in an in-depth interview about the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder case on Monday, which will air on Irish television.

The self-confessed prime suspect is going to sit down with Virgin Media One anchor Colette Fitzpatrick to discuss Sophie's death, his latest theory about who her real killer is and why the recent documentaries surrounding the case - Jim Sheridan’s Murder At The Cottage and Sophie: A Murder in West Cork on Netflix - aren't to be trusted.

Elsewhere in 'The Big Interview' Bailey will speak about the Sophie's son Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud's recent appearance on The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy.

Ms Toscan du Plantier was a French filmmaker who was killed outside her home near the town of Schull, Co. Cork in December 1996.

Bailey, who lived a stone's throw away from her house at the time, was arrested twice by gardaí in the months following Sophie's death, but was never formally charged.

The Manchester born journalist has always professed his innocence, despite being convicted in absentia by a French court in 2019 and sentenced to 25 years in prison - time he isn't likely to actually serve unless he leaves Ireland for France at any point.

In a recent interview with Newstalk, Bailey claimed that he had reason to believe Sophie's killer died "a long time ago," though admitted he had no hard proof of this.

"Somebody in Ireland knows it wasn't me," he said.

"I don't know if anybody does know who it was, I suspect there are people who do know who it was.

"Is the killer alive? I keep seeing this reference, the fact that the killer, I think - if my own theory is correct, and I can't say too much about it - the murderer is dead and has quite a long time ago passed away."

During Ian Bailey: The Big Interview on Virgin Media One, the 64-year-old will speak about how the accusations against him have consumed his life for the past quarter-of-a-century, leading to dome "really really low, dark periods."

The show will air on Monday, September 13 at 9pm.