Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Pair admit to model drug charge

Katy French died in hospital four days after she slipped into a coma in December 2007

Two friends of the late model Katy French will be sentenced in the new year after pleading guilty to a drug offence from the weekend the socialite collapsed at their home.

Former couple Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran were remanded on continuous bail after a brief appearance at Trim Circuit Court.

The pair admitted that between 6pm on Saturday December 1, 2007 and 10am the following day, at an unknown location, they procured another man - Russell Memery - to possess cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply to another.

Ms French, 24, died in hospital four days after she slipped into a coma at their house in Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath. A post-mortem examination revealed she suffered brain damage and traces of cocaine were found in her system.

Ducie, 43, who still lives in the property, and Corcoran, 32, of Tolka Road, Clonliffe, north Dublin, both spoke only to say "guilty" during the short hearing.

In May 2010, Memery, who had an address in Navan, was given a two-and-a-half-year suspended sentence after admitting to conspiring with others to possess cocaine for sale or supply on the weekend French became ill.

Judge Leonie Reynolds was told a second charge would not be pursued against Ducie or Corcoran - that they intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct related to the supply of cocaine to French and failed to get medical assistance in a timely fashion, which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.

French celebrated her 24th birthday days before she collapsed at the former couple's house in Kilmessan. Her parents John and Janet and sister Jill maintained a bedside vigil for four days as the model lay critically ill on a life support machine at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan.

Her mother and sister were supported in court on Tuesday by gardai, and left the courthouse without speaking about the case.

They are expected to return when Ducie, who was dressed in a dark suit and yellow tie, and Corcoran, who wore a dark knee-length coat over black trousers, are sentenced on February 5.

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