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Sentencing this month in Katy French case

Story by Tom Kelly

Tuesday, 5th February, 2013 4:30pm

Sentencing this month in Katy French case

Kieran Ducie

A man and woman are to be sentenced later this month at Trim Circuit Court for drugs offences linked to the death of the model Katy French.

Judge Michael O'Shea has set 19th February as the date for evidence and sentencing in the case.

When Kieron Ducie (42), Lamberstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath and Ann Corcoran (32), Tolka Rd, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3, appeared at Trim Circuit Court on 13th November last they admitted that at an unknown location between 6pm on 1st December 2007 and 10am on 2nd December 2007 they procured another man Russell Memery to possess cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply to another.

The same court was told that a second charge against the couple was being withdrawn. That charge alleged that on the same dates at 10 Lamberstown Manor, Kilmessan, they intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct to wit the supply of cocaine to Katy French and failure to get medical assistance in a timely fashion which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.

An adjourned sitting of the same court today was told by prosecuting counsel Carl Hanahoe that the sentencing could proceed during this session of the court and Judge O'Shea set 19th February as the date to hear the evidence in the case and for sentence to be imposed.

Both Ducie and Corcoran were remanded on continuing bail to that date.

Two years ago, then 25 year old Russell Memery who had been living at Yellow Clay Manor, Navan, became the first person charged in connection with the death of Katy French.

Memery was given a two and half years suspended sentence at Trim Circuit Court after pleading guilty to having conspired to possess cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply to another between 11pm on 1st December 2007 and 3am on 2nd December 2007.

The court heard that Memery had received €200 when he handed over cocaine to another person at the Statoil Service Station, Clonee.

Katy French died in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, in December 2007 a number of days after she had collapsed following a house party in Kilmessan.

A post mortem concluded that the 24 year old model had died as the result of brain damage and found traces of cocaine in her system.