Saturday 18 November 2017

Trial date set for pair charged over Katy drug death

Elaine Keogh

A MAN and woman who face charges connected to the death of model Katy French are set to go on trial next month.

Navan District Court was yesterday told that the book of evidence, which contains details of the prosecution case, had been served that morning on Kieron Ducie (40), of Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath; and Ann Corcoran (29), of Tolka Road, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.

Both of the accused face the same 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 and times at 10 Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, they intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct to wit the supply of cocaine to Katy French and failed 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 yesterday Gda Det Niall O'Donnell gave evidence of serving the book on Ms Corcoran, while Detective Inspector Alf Martyn gave evidence of serving it on Mr Ducie.

State solicitor Michael Finnegan told Judge Denis McLaughlin he was seeking a return for trial to the next sitting of Trim Circuit Court, which is on October 26.

The solicitor for the two accused asked for legal aid for both. Ms Corcoran had previously been granted legal aid to cover the district court and that was yesterday extended to the circuit court.

Mr Ducie did not have legal aid but it was requested and granted yesterday as the case has been sent to the higher circuit court. Garda Inspector Martina Noonan did not object to it being granted.

Judge McLaughlin agreed to an application for the legal aid to cover two barristers for each accused. They were sent forward on the same bail conditions already put in place.

Irish Independent

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