TWO friends of the late model Katy French will be sentenced in the New Year after pleading guilty to drugs offences from the weekend she collapsed at their home.
But former couple Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran will not face charges directly related to the socialite's death in December 2007.
They admitted that between 6pm on Saturday December 1, 2007 and 10am the following day 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 had slipped into a coma at their house in Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath.
A post-mortem examination revealed that she suffered brain damage and traces of cocaine were found in her system.
Ducie (43) who still lives in the Kilmessan property, and Corcoran (32), of Tolka Road, Clonliffe, north Dublin, both spoke only to say "guilty" during the short hearing.
Judge Leonie Reynolds was told that a second charge would not be pursued against either Ducie or Corcoran. This was 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.
Both defendants sat within feet of Ms French's mother Janet and sister Jill during the court appearance.
Ducie and Corcoran will be sentenced on February 5. They were remanded on bail.
Three people have now pleaded guilty to drugs offences arising from an investigation into Ms French's death.
Two years ago, Russell Memery (then 25), who had been living at Yellow Clay Manor, Navan, became the first person charged in connection with her death.
He was given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half-years at Trim Circuit Court after pleading guilty to having conspired to possess cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply to another between 11pm on December 1, 2007 and 3am the following day.
The court heard that Memery received €200 when he handed cocaine to another person at the Statoil Service Station in Clonee, Co Meath.
Ms French, a model, was born in Switzerland. She and her family moved to Ireland when she was a young girl and settled in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
She had previously admitted to using cocaine but claimed that she had quit the drug.
Ms French had celebrated her 24th birthday days before she collapsed at the couple's house in Kilmessan. She was on a life-support machine at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan for four days before her death.
No inquest has yet been held, pending the completion of garda inquiries into her death.