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Bailey loses case for conspiracy
31 Mar 2015 00:12
Ian Bailey has said he is "disappointed" after losing his High Court case for conspiracy against An Garda Síochána and the State.
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An 11-member jury found that certain gardaí had not conspired to obtain statements from the witness Marie Farrell to implicate him in the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996.
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Mr Bailey had sued the Garda and the State for damages, saying he was wrongly arrested on suspicion of the murder of the French film producer in west Cork in 1996.
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However, most of his claims were struck out in the closing stages of the case because the judge ruled they had not been made within the six-year time limit required by law.
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His claim for conspiracy by certain gardaí was allowed to proceed.
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Mr Bailey, 57, from the Prairie, Schull in west Cork sued the Garda Commissioner, Minister for Justice and the Attorney General for damages.
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He told the High Court his life has been destroyed for the past 19 years because gardaí blamed him for a crime he did not commit.
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Mr Bailey had originally sought damages for conspiracy, unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery, trespass, intentional infliction of emotional and psychological damage and a breach of his constitutional rights.
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