Former journalist Ian Bailey cannot be extradited to France in connection with the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the High Court has ruled.

The Englishman was sentenced to 25 years by a Paris court last year, following a trial he did not attend.

Mr Justice Paul Burns ruled a recent change in the law in Ireland on extraterritorial jurisdiction to include persons ordinarily resident in Ireland did not create a situation where Ireland and France had reciprocal laws that would allow Mr Bailey’s extradition.

In line with a previous Supreme Court ruling, he said section 44 of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003 states that a person shall not be surrendered under this Act if the offence specified in the warrant was committed in a place other than the issuing State precluded his surrender.