Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s son, Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud expressed delight at the judgment of the Cour d’Assises in finding Ian Bailey responsible for his mother’s homicide. He additionally expressed self-assurance that France would reach having Mr. Bailey extradited to serve the 25-year sentence imposed.
Speaking after the verdict was brought by means of President of the Court, Judge Frederique Aline, Mr. Baudey-Vignaud, a 38-year-vintage father of younger children, changed into in absolute confidence but it turned into the right selection. He praised the judgment for its complete nature.
“The judgment may be very clean – Ian Bailey killed my mother 22 years in the past and the judges declare that Bailey has to go to prison for 25 years and so this changed into the primary trial with a focal point on the statistics of the case and that is a first ever in either Ireland or France and they declare Ian Bailey the assassin,” he stated.
“It is not a query, there may be no longer any doubt – it’s far very emphatic so now we can attend to the following step.”
He stated, “sooner or later for certain, Ian Bailey, who killed my mother, will go to prison”.
“I am no judge but the judge said that after 22 years of pronouncing Ian Bailey was the killer, now we know and it’s been proven in regulation.”
He said it turned into very crucial the step become taken.
Mr. Baudey-Vignaud said he changed into confident Mr. Bailey could be extradited to France whilst the french authorities problem a new European Arrest Warrant for him as a convicted individual. This would cause every other trial in France however one where Mr. Bailey would be inside the dock and would be defended.
“We will do a tribulation for positive and I am confident that he will be convicted again in a contested case of killing my mom,” said Mr. Baudey-Vignaud who appealed to Ireland’s not unusual humanity with France to realize the French decision and extradite Mr. Bailey.
Emotional scenes
The news of the decision from Judge Frederique Aline and her colleagues, Judge Didier Forton, and Judge Geraldine Detienne become met with a respectful silence. But the instant the judges rose from the bench, there has been an emotional scene amongst Ms. Toscan du Plantier’s own family.
Mr. Baudey-Vignaud was embraced by his father, Ms. Toscan du Plantier’s first husband, Pierre-Jean Baudey-Vignaud who has been with him in the course of the 4-day trial.
Ms. Toscan du Plantier’s brother, Bertrand Bouniol, paid tribute to his parents, Marguerite and Georges for their tenacity in looking for justice for his sister. They had shown the first-rate fortitude over the last quarter century and he turned into overjoyed for them to take every other step along the road towards getting justice for his sister, he stated.
“It is a very emotional event. My father is right here however my mother is not. She got here at the start of the week however it was too difficult for her, specifically these days whilst we didn’t realize how long the judges might be contemplating and the way long it would take, however, she could be very emotional on the selection.”
Mr. Bouniol Snr welcomed the outcome but admitted he felt far from elated whilst he heard the judge supply her conviction or “condemnation” of Mr. Bailey.
“No –– it’s not enough due to the fact I need my daughter to be alive and with us right here these days as she should be and that isn’t always feasible,” said Mr. Bouniol. It becomes nevertheless a critical step to have Mr. Bailey convicted within the quest to get justice for his daughter, he brought.
Comprehensive judgment
The own family’s legal professional, Alain Spilliaert, who addressed the courtroom for the family alongside is colleagues Laurent Pettiti and Marie Dose, strongly defended the selection of the French justice system to continue with the trial of Mr. Bailey in absentia.
“The judgment became very emphatic and complete. It addressed all of the problems which have been raised through Ian Bailey through the years and handled in a totally thorough way. A trial in absentia consistent with European laws is a valid manner and may take region whilst a person refuses to wait.”
“It’s a been long technique after Mr. Bailey made appeals to the Chambre d’Instruction and the Cour de Cassation, so it’s not as if he did now not have an opportunity to make his case to French justice.”
Mr. Spilliaert said the selection was made to problem a new arrest warrant to the family and their legal advisors will wait and see how this is obtained in Ireland. He said he becomes assured of achievement as he believed the state of affairs had modified in view that 2012 while an extradition attempt failed.
Mr. Bailey, who isn’t legally represented at the Cours d’Assises, has, again and again, denied having any involvement in the homicide of Ms. Toscan du Plantier or that he ever made any admissions with regards to her demise.