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Details of 133 garda recordings in Sophie du Plantier murder case emerge

Featured on the tapes are witnesses Marie Farrell and Martin Graham, as well as a host of well-known journalists.

Updated at 11.25pm

THE HIGH COURT will hear tomorrow that 133 phone conversations between gardaí, witnesses and journalists were recorded at a garda station in relation to the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder case.

RTÉ’s This Week revealed the number of tape recordings in existence this afternoon, stating the list had been drawn up in recent days and circulated to all parties in a current legal action.

Ian Bailey, who says he was wrongly targeted by gardaí in the wake of Sophie du Plantier’s murder, has taken a case against the Garda Commissioner.

It is due for mention in the High Court tomorrow morning where Justice John Hedigan will hear the State address matters regarding the discovery of taped phone calls at Bandon garda station.

Bailey’s solicitor, Frank Buttimer, told that he was not in a position to comment on the matter as legal proceedings were ongoing. However, he added that “these issues will be addressed to some extent in court tomorrow”.

According to RTÉ, the collection of tape recordings include 36 conversations between a garda and witness Marie Farrell.

Farrell had claimed she saw a man – who she identified as Bailey – near the Toormore crime scene. However, she later retracted that evidence, stating that she felt under pressure from gardaí to name him.

The recordings also feature some well-known journalists, another witness Martin Graham and a conference call between local gardaí and senior colleagues in Dublin.

First posted at 5.53pm

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