Katy French case duo sent forward for trial

A MAN and woman who face charges connected to the death of model Katy French have been sent forward for trial at the circuit court next month.

Navan District Court was told the book of evidence, which contains details of the prosecution case, had been served yesterday morning on Kieran Ducie, aged 40, of Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath and Ann Corcoran, aged 29, of Tolka Road, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.

Both accused face the same two charges.

The first charge alleges that on a date and time unknown between December 1 and 2, 2007, at the Statoil Service Station, Bracetown, Clonee, Co Meath, they conspired with persons not before the court to possess cocaine for the purpose of supply to another.

The second charge alleges that on the same dates and times at 10 Lambertstown 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.

Detective Garda Niall O’Donnell and Det Inspector Alf Martyn gave evidence of serving the books of evidence on both.

State solicitor Michael Finnegan then told Judge Denis McLaughlin he was seeking a return for trial to the next sitting of Trim Circuit Court which is set for October 26 next.

The solicitor for the two accused asked for legal aid for both, which was granted for the circuit court trial. Gda Insp Martina Noonan did not object to legal aid being granted.

Judge McLaughlin agreed to an application for the legal aid to cover two barristers for each accused.

They were sent forward on the same bail conditions already put in place by the district court.

Katy French died in Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan in December 2007 after being in a coma for a number of days.


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