Saturday 7 December 2019

Man pleads guilty to drug charge in Katy French death probe

Elaine Keogh

A MAN has pleaded guilty to a drugs charge arising out of the investigation into the death of model and socialite Katy French.

At Trim Circuit Court yesterday, Russell Memery (24), from Yellow Clay Manor, Navan, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiring with persons not before the court to possess a controlled drug for the purpose of selling or supplying it to another.

Memery is the only person to be prosecuted by the DPP on foot of the garda investigation into Ms French's death on December 6, 2007, after she had been in a coma for a number of days.

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

Memery admitted committing the offence between 11pm on December 1, 2007, and 3am on December 2, 2007, at the Statoil Service Station, Bracetown, Clonee, Co Meath. The drug involved was cocaine.

When the case was called yesterday morning, Caroline Biggs, defending, told Judge Donagh McDonagh that Memery was on bail and she asked for the case to be adjourned.

After Memery pleaded guilty, Judge McDonagh adjourned the case to the next sitting of the court and remanded him on continuing bail.

Irish Independent

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