‘We cannot forgive Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran… for their failure to give a full account of what happened’




The mother of Katy French has said the man and woman who admitted drugs charges relating to her death have key questions to answer about how she died.

Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran received suspended sentences yesterday after pleading guilty to conspiring to supply drugs on the night of Dec 1-2, 2007, when Ms French called to their Co Meath home to see Ms Corcoran.

The model’s mother, Janet French, said the family was “saddened and angry” that a charge of endangering the model’s life by supplying her with drugs and failing to get her timely medical help was dropped.

In a statement, Mrs French said: “We can not find the words to describe our pain and grief over the last five years, made all the more traumatic and distressing by not having a full account of what happened to Katy.”

She listed 14 questions she said Ducie and Corcoran still needed to answer, chief among them why they did not act immediately when Ms French became ill, and did not call an ambulance but put her in the back of Ducie’s car and drove her to Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, where she was placed on life support and died on Dec 6.

“We are extremely distressed by the decisions these two people took,” said Mrs French. “We continue to question the extent to which their failure to call an ambulance showed misplaced priorities and a lack of care and responsibility.”

Mrs French accused the couple of lying in their statements when they claimed the model had been drinking heavily on the night when a medical examination found she had a blood alcohol level equivalent to just half a glass of wine.

She also said their initial denial of involvement with drugs and their conflicting stories to hospital staff hampered medics in their efforts to save her daughter.

“We cannot and will not forgive Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran for these decisions, for their failure to give a full account of what happened, and for the lies they told to the hospital staff and to the gardaí,” she said.

Katy French, who was 24, was found to have a small quantity of cocaine in her system, not normally considered enough to be a lethal dose, and it remains unclear why it caused the seizures that killed her.

Mrs French, who attended the court hearing with her husband, John, and their surviving daughter, Jill, was also highly critical of media coverage of Katy’s life and death, saying she had been used as a “poster girl” for drugs, reducing her life to a one-dimensional issue.

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