Couple face Katy French drugs link sentence

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 in 2007.

Judge Michael O’Shea has set Feb 19 as the date for evidence and sentencing in the case.

When Kieron Ducie, aged 42, of Lamberstown Manor, Kilmessan Co Meath, and Ann Corcoran, aged 32, of Tolka Rd, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3, appeared at Trim Circuit Court on Nov 13 last they admitted that at an unknown location between 6pm on Dec 1, 2007, and 10am on Dec 2, 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The same court was told that a second charge against the couple was being withdrawn.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 yesterday was told by prosecuting counsel Carl Hanahoe that the sentencing could proceed during this session of the court and Judge Michael O’Shea set Feb 19 to hear the evidence in the case and for sentence to be imposed.

Both Mr Ducie and Ms Corcoran were remanded on continuing bail.

Two years ago, Memery, then aged 25, 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-year suspen-ded term 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 Dec 1 2007 and 3am on Dec 2 2007. The court heard that Memery had received €200 when he handed over cocaine to another person.

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