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Thursday 25 December 2014

French family says justice not done

Kieron Ducie was handed a suspended two-and-a-half year jail term
Kieron Ducie was handed a suspended two-and-a-half year jail term
Ann Corcoran was given a suspended two-year jail sentence

The heartbroken family of the late model Katy French said justice has not been served after two people charged following her death were spared jail.

Former couple Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran were handed respective two-and-a-half and two-year suspended sentences for arranging a drug deal the weekend the socialite collapsed at their home.

The model's parents, John and Janet, and sister Jill said the court case proved she had not been on an alcohol and cocaine binge but left questions unanswered.

"For five years we have been silent," said Mr French outside Trim Circuit Court.

"For five years we watched Katy being slandered, torn apart, being used as the flagship for drug taking. She wasn't on a binge drink. That came out in the court and I think now is the time to let her rest."

Ms French, 24, died in hospital on December 6 2007, four days after she had a fit at the former couple's house in Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath.

The Swiss born model suffered brain damage days after celebrating her birthday.

Tests revealed half a glass of wine and 0.8mg of cocaine in her system - 4% of what can be considered a lethal dose - along with traces of antibiotics for a kidney infection, cough medicine and contraceptives, according to her family.

The court heard there was a 90 minute gap between when Ducie and Corcoran said they found the model - face down on a bedroom floor, fitting, with her head back and arms and legs outstretched - and arriving at a nearby hospital, where staff were told she had been drinking but not seen taking drugs.

Ducie, 43, who lives in the property with his new partner and two children and Corcoran, 32, who lives with her parents on Clonliffe Road, Dublin, later pleaded guilty to procuring another man - Russell Memery - to possess cocaine which was sold to the socialite at a garage forecourt. A second charge, that the pair intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to Ms French, was recently dropped.

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