Man (24) faces drugs charge on foot of Katy probe
A MAN facing a drugs charge on foot of the garda investigation into the death of model and socialite Katy French appeared before a court yesterday.
Russell Memery (24) with an address at Yellow Clay Manor, Navan, Co Meath, faces a single charge alleging that on December 1, 2007 at the Statoil service station, Bracetown, Clonee, Co Meath, he conspired with persons not before the court to possess a controlled drug to supply to another. The drug was cocaine.
Ms French died in December 2007 after failing to come out of a coma.
At Trim Circuit Court yesterday, a barrister indicated to Judge Michael O'Shea that a jury would not be required in the case.
Judge O'Shea then adjourned the case to March 4 when Mr Memery will have the charge formally put to him in court. He will then be given an opportunity to plead either guilty or not guilty
Ms French died in hospital on December 6, 2007 after being in a coma for a number of days.
A post-mortem examination revealed she had suffered brain damage, and traces of cocaine were found in her system.
It is believed she collapsed at a friend's house on December 2 after taking cocaine.