Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ian Bailey (2)

We never told any of our visitors about the murder. Nor did we tell them that the only person arrested for it, and the only person who confessed to it lived up the road. Ian Bailey sued several papers claiming they said he murdered Sophie du Plaintier.. He lost. It was around this time that Mr Bailey's behaviour towards me changed alarmingly. 

 For several years I had walked across the fields bordering Mr Bailey's property (actually it belongs to Jules Thomas, his partner, but never mind). More recently I'd used the fields for walking our dog. The fields belonged to my good friend Richard Connell. Then one day I was crossing the fields and Bailey appeared at his boundary shouting and screaming. I don't know exactly what as it was windy and i could hear.. I thought I'd give the police this information as he was rather an odd character. Too late, I was informed by the Schull team. "He's made a complaint about you". 

 And so came to pass numerious episodes of Ian Bailey complaining about me walking the fields where I live and had permission to walk. More upsettingly the country police/Garda manning the 'barracks', as Irish police stations are known', were out of their depth and had no experience of this type of offence - or of handling such high profile publicists as Ian Bailey.. 

 On one occasion I had one of them, an unpleasant overweight man,  Guarda Kellihier, come to our house to interview me under caution as Bailey had accused me of making, "Obscene pig noises outside Ian Bailey's house on the public road". 

  I asked this representative of the Irish Guarda what an 'obscene pig noise' sounds like. He couldn't tell me. "So I can't really comment, can I", I replied. 

"Will ye sign this?", he asked me, after having written out his statement of our meeting.   I refused to sign it.  Not wanting to leave empty handed he asked me to sign it again.  I refused. And he realised that he'd spent the last 5 minutes of writing out his account of his interview for me to sign was wasted.   He then wrote on another official form words to the effect that Mr Perry refused to say anything.  He then asked me to sign that.  I refused to sign this too.

He then told me I was being unreasonable. I told him that if you come to someones house, tell them they have been making obscene pig like noises, they can hardly be called unreasonable if the person making the complaint cannot tell me what they sound like in the first place. 

 I also reminded him that I'd called the the Guarda in the first place, not to complain about Bailey but I thought they may want to know his behaviour was rather odd - I was trying to be helpful.   Guarda Khellihier left our house.  The next phase now involved threatening letters from Ian Bailey's defence lawyers and more visits from the Guarda as Ian Bailey started to make numerous complaints about me walking over fields near his house &, spying on him and various other 'complaints' about me.

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