Paris court finds Ian Bailey guilty of murdering French TV producer in 1996

A French court found Ian Bailey, seen here in 2012, guilty of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier on Friday.

Paris (CNN)A French court has found a British former journalist guilty of murdering French television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in southwest Ireland in 1996.

Ian Bailey was convicted in absentia and sentenced to 25 years by a three-judge panel at the Paris Criminal Court on Friday. It is unlikely however, that he will serve the sentence, as he lives in Ireland, which has twice refused a French extradition request. The Paris court has now issued a new warrant for his arrest.
Bailey's Irish solicitor Frank Buttimer described the trial as "a rubber-stamping exercise of a predetermined position that Bailey was guilty," and told CNN that the ruling was a "grotesque miscarriage of justice ... This was not a trial in the sense that anyone understands it."
Bailey has denied involvement in Toscan du Plantier's death. CNN has reached out to him for comment.
    A spokesperson from Ireland's Department of Justice and Equality told CNN that they would not comment on individual cases.

    Two decades of questions

    Thirty-nine-year-old Toscan du Plantier was found bludgeoned to death on December 23, 1996 near the gate of her holiday home near Toormore, in the country's West Cork region. Police found some 50 wounds on her body.