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Bailey case hears arrest details
28 Jan 2015 16:04
A retired detective has told the High Court that Ian Bailey was not threatened or intimidated during his arrest and detention on suspicion of murdering Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
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Denis Harrington was giving evidence on behalf of the defence in Mr Bailey's case against the gardaí and the State for wrongful arrest.
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Mr Harrington, who was one of the arresting gardaí, denied that there was an aggressive atmosphere during Mr Bailey's detention in February 1997.
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He said the interviews were conducted "in a professional manner as we would always do in such circumstances".
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He said the interview was professional and not aggressive in any way.
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Asked about the events in the car while en route to Bandon Garda Station he said there was no threat made to Mr Bailey as far as he was concerned.
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Mr Bailey had earlier told the court he had been threatened by another Garda
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He said: "It wasn't a courteous journey, it was an official journey. Mr Bailey was aware he was under arrest on suspicion of murder but there were no undue unpleasantries in the car.
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"He was protesting his innocence saying we had the wrong man and that the real culprit was still running around."
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Mr Harrington said that on a previous visit, Mr Bailey was telling them about events in France and about how powerful Ms Toscan du Plantier's husband was and that the press in France was being suppressed on his behalf.
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During cross examination Mr Harrington said had no knowledge of a "suspect file" in the case of Mr Bailey nor of any documents or records going missing.
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