Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s son breaks silence in harrowing Netflix documentary about her murder

THE son of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has broken his silence and opened up about her tragic murder in a tell-all Netflix documentary.

Pierre-Louis Baudey, whose mother was horrifically beaten to death whilst holidaying in West Cork, Ireland, in 1996, has at last told his story.

Speaking to The Independent, Pierre-Louis, 40, told of how the documentary is just one part of the family's ongoing "fight for justice".

"We will never stop the fight for justice, we can't," the father-of-two said, explaining that said-to-be killer Ian Bailey was wrongly "living free".

The death of the French documentary marker is at the centre of new Netflix three-part series, which forensically unpicks the case that stunned Ireland.

With the crime having gone unsolved for 25 years, the new show presents mountains of evidence against prime suspect Bailey, a British journalist.

While Bailey was arrested in connection with the murder, and found guilty in France and sentenced to 25 years in prison, he has never faced jail time.

Several failed attempts have been made to extradite Bailey, who maintains his innocence in the case, onto French soil in order to be imprisoned.

While also building public outrage at Bailey's freedom, the documentary aims to celebrate the memory of Sophie, especially from son Pierre-Louis' point of view.

Pierre-Louis, who was 15 when his mother died aged 39, was hesitant at first about making to documentary or writing a book to commemorate her.

But the father-of-two decided otherwise last year in order to celebrate her life as a "arty intellectual" and to remember their "very close" relationship.

Pierre-Louis was staying with his grandparents' in France when he was told his mother had been killed, and found dead near her holiday home.

The mother-of-one had been left tangled in the bushes and bloodied as crime scene photos demonstrated at the time.

Pierre-Louis and his family agreed to the documentary on the premise that the photos of her body would not be shown at any point in the series.

The horrific images were previously shown in the documentary premiere on Sky, to which Pierre-Louis told director Jim Sheridan he would no longer work with him on the project.

On the other hand, Netflix director John Dower – who has also faced distrust from the family – said he has soldiered on with his documentary to tell Sophie's story.

"Sheridan’s film takes the stance that Ian Bailey is a victim of police corruption; we took the view of the family [that he's guilty]," he said.

The Netflix documentary includes new damning evidence, including Bailey's lack of alibi, and being covered in scratches the following day.

The series also details that the journalist had a huge bonfire in his garden in the days after murder, in which police found traces of clothing.

In the documentary, Pierre-Louis details having seen Bailey in the flesh "two of three times" since Sophie's death in "very hard" meetings.

"Bailey may have taken away my mother’s life but he will not take away my freedom to go to Ireland," Pierre-Louis explained of his visits to West Cork.

Pierre-Louis' grandparents also take part in one scene, giving interviews about their ongoing grief that has seen them become "so frail".

"I needed [to do] them," Pierre-Louis said of the interviews. "With your friends and family, it's taboo – you don't go round speaking about the murder of your mother."

Pierre-Louis, who founded The Association for the Truth About Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 2017, has continued to investigate the murder himself.

He concluded that he hopes the release of the documentary will "put pressure on the justice system" in Ireland and "get a reaction".

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork premieres on Netflix on 30 June.

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