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Witness claims gardaí told her they knew Ian Bailey had killed Sophie Toscan du Plantier Marie Farrell said she was assured there would never be a court case and she would only have to give a two-line statement
Witness Marie Farrell has told the High Court gardaí told her they knew Ian Bailey had killed Sophie Toscan Du Plantier and they needed her to identify him as a man she had seen on key dates around the murder.
Ms Farrell said she was shown a video of Mr Bailey and told gardaí he was not the man.
But gardaí said they needed her to place him near the scene because they knew he had done it and that he would kill again.
Ms Farrell said she was assured there would never be a court case and she would only have to give a two-line statement.
She had told gardaí about the first two sightings of the man but had reported the third sighting anonymously as she did not want her husband to know where she was that night.
She said gardaí told her they knew she was the anonymous caller but that her husband would never find out.
She agreed to give the statement because she had been worried about her husband finding out and she believed that would be the end of it, she said.
Ms Farrell said she felt relieved and decided to just give the gardaí what they wanted.
She said a garda also promised her that a prosecution against her husband over car insurance would be “sorted out”.
Ms Farrell is giving evidence in the action for damages taken by Mr Bailey against the Garda and the State arising out of his treatment as a suspect in the murder of Ms Toscan Du Plantier in west Cork in December 1996.
The State denies the claims.
Ms Farrell told the High Court she signed her name on up to eight blank pieces of paper at a Cork Garda Station in February 1997.
She said she was contacted by gardaí in the middle of February and asked if she would now make a statement. She agreed.
She said she went to Ballydehob Garda Station on 14 February after work.
She had originally been told gardaí would need only a two line statement but at the Garda Station she said they told her they would need more detail.
She said she told them she was in a hurry. They asked her to sign a few pages and said they would work it out.
She said she thought they were just writing out that the man she had seen at a local bridge was Mr Bailey and said she did not give it a lot of thought.
She said she signed four or six or eight blank pages.
The statement identifies Mr Bailey as the man Mrs Farrell saw.
She said she had not made it and the man was not Mr Bailey.
She also said she had not made other statements also identifying Mr Bailey and the first time she saw them and other memos and questionnaires purporting to be a record of what she said was during an internal Garda inquiry into the handling of the case in 2006.