True crime fans have a new murder mystery to delve into with new series, Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie.
The documentary film, which will air later this year on Sky Crime, will see the friends and family of the 38-year-old lead the investigation and discussion around her murder.
The Irish murder mystery has remained unsolved for the past 25 years, but the production team, led by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, aims to sift through the evidence to see if they can uncover anything new.
As well as the friends and family of Sophie speaking about the tragic life that was lost, the key suspect in the case will also sit down on camera to plead his own innocence.
Here’s what you need to know.
What happened to Sophie Toscan du Plantier?
Sophie’s death remains unsolved after all these years (Picture: Rex)
Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a television producer who was married to French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier.
On December 23, 1996, Sophie was beaten to death outside of the holiday home she was staying at for Christmas in West Cork, Ireland.
Ian Bailey, an English journalist, was the first reporter on the scene, and was later arrested after eye-witnesses claimed he was there when she was killed.
He continues to maintain his innocence to this day.
Court cases soon ensued in both Ireland and France – with a lack of evidence meaning he was never convicted for the crime in Ireland.
However, in 2019, French courts found him guilty of the murder ‘in absentia’ – as he wasn’t there for the trial – and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
With the conviction in place, France attempted to extradite him from Ireland, but Ireland’s High Court stepped in and ruled that he didn’t have to be.
He remains in West Ireland.
Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie, will air on Sky Crime and NOW TV soon.
Credit: Original article published here.