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Man (24) on cocaine charge as Katy death probe continues

A man facing a drug charge on foot of the garda investigation into the death of model and socialite Katy French appeared before Trim Circuit Court this morning.

Russell Memery (24) with an address at Yellow Clay Manor, Navan, 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.

At Trim Circuit Court this morning, 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 the March 4, when Memery will have the charge formally put to him in court and then be given an opportunity to plead either guilty or deny the charge.

Ms French died in hospital on December 6, 2007 having been in a coma for a number of days. It is believed she collapsed at a friend's house on December 2, after taking cocaine.

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

The garda investigation led to the arrest of a number of people and a file was sent to the DPP last year.