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Gardaí investigating the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier have seized items from the flat of prime suspect Ian Bailey.

The Irish Times reports that a team of 10 officers, made up of Bantry-based detectives, assisted by officers from Dublin’s Serious Crime Review Team, began searching Mr Bailey’s rented ground-floor flat on Barrack Street in Bantry on Friday morning.

Mr Bailey died of a suspected heart attack last Sunday in Cork.

Mr Bailey’s remains were cremated in a private ceremony in Cork on Tuesday.

French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Planter was murdered in 1996 and Mr Bailey was the prime suspect in the case.

Gardaí seized a large quantity of personal items, including several notebooks containing his records, as well as his mobile phone, laptop, hard drives and memory sticks and other electronic storage devices.

Mr Bailey had been living in a flat in Glengarriff after separating from his partner of 30 years, Jules Thomas, in March 2021.

Gardaí left behind many items they felt would have no probative value in their investigation, including Mr Bailey’s clothes, his large CD collection and his wood carvings.

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