Saturday 16 December 2017

Two charged with failing to help dying model Katy

Elaine Keogh

TWO people have been charged with failing to get medical assistance for model Katy French when she fell seriously ill.

Kieron Ducie (40) and Ann Corcoran (29) appeared in court yesterday facing two charges in relation to the death of the model in December 2007. They both faced the same two charges.

The pair -- who had previously dated but have since split -- were both granted bail by Judge Tom Fitzpatrick when they appeared at Trim District Court yesterday.

Mr Ducie, of Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath, and Ms Corcoran, of Tolka Road, Dublin 3, arrived separately at the court after being arrested yesterday morning.


The first charge alleges that on a date and time unknown between the December 1 and 2, 2007, at the Statoil Service Station, Bracetown, Clonee, Co Meath, they conspired with people -- who were not before the court -- to possess cocaine for the purpose of supplying to another individual, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1984.

The second charge relates to the same dates and times at Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, their home at the time. They were charged with intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct -- the failure to get medical assistance in a timely fashion -- which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another person.

The charge is under Section 13 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

Evidence of arresting Ms Corcoran at Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin yesterday morning was given by Det Gda Niall O'Donnell.

Having arrested her, he took her to Trim garda station where she was charged. She had nothing to say to both charges.

Her father Paul Corcoran, with an address at Tolka Road, Dublin 3, gave evidence for the bail application and said he was a bar manager in Baggot Street. He agreed with Tony Collier, solicitor for both of the accused, that he was aware that he would forfeit the money if the bail bonds were breached.

There was no objection by gardai to Ms Corcoran getting bail and the judge fixed bail on her own bond of €500 with an independent surety of €3,000.

Det Insp Alf Martyn gave evidence of arresting Mr Ducie yesterday morning outside his home at Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan. He had nothing to say when charged, the court heard.

Gardai did not object to bail being granted and his father Kevin Ducie was accepted as a bailsperson.

Mr Ducie was remanded on bail of his own bond of €500 and independent surety of €3,000. His father, who put forward the independent surety, told the judge he lived at Stonehaven, Ashbourne, Co Meath, and was in the haulage business.

Both the accused and their fathers signed the bail bonds in court. As a condition of their bail, neither of the accused must interfere either directly or indirectly with witnesses involved in the case.

Gda Supt Michael Devine, Navan, asked the judge to adjourn the cases to the next sitting of Navan district court.

The judge then adjourned both cases to a Navan district court sitting next Wednesday.

Ms French (24) died in Navan Hospital in December, 2007, four days after collapsing at the house of scrap-dealer Kieron Ducie. She had celebrated her 24th birthday days before at Krystle nightclub in Dublin's city centre.

A post-mortem revealed she had suffered brain damage and traces of cocaine were found in her system.

The inquest into Katy's death is expected to be heard in the near future.

Irish Independent

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