Friday 24 February 2017

Pair back in court over drug charges linked to Katy death

Elaine Keogh

BUSINESSMAN Kieron Ducie was back in court yesterday in connection with charges related to the death of model Katy French in 2007.

Mr Ducie (40), of Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath, and his ex-girlfriend Ann Corcoran (29), of Tolka Road, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, each face 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 at 10 Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, they intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct that was namely the supply of cocaine to Ms French and failure to get medical assistance in a timely fashion which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.

When the case was called at Navan District Court, their solicitor Tony Collier said he believed the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed the case be dealt with by indictment.

This means it will go to the higher circuit court.



Adjournment

Garda Inspector Martin Smithers said the book of evidence would be ready for the next court date and he was seeking a one-month adjournment.

Judge Tom Fitzpatrick was told the application for remand was consented to by the accused and he remanded them on continuing bail to appear again on July 23 at Navan District Court.

The judge also granted legal aid to Ms Corcoran after Mr Collier said she worked as an administrator and earned €450 a week. He granted the certificate of legal aid "in view of the gravity" of the alleged offences.

Ms French died in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, in December 2007 after being in a coma for a number of days.

Irish Independent

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