Open verdict in Katy French inquest

Monday 22 July 2013 16.16
The 24-year-old model died in hospital in 2007
The 24-year-old model died in hospital in 2007

The family of model Katy French has welcomed the open verdict reached by the coroner at the inquest into her death.

Her mother, Janet French, said that there were still many unanswered questions about Ms French’s death.

Ms French died in Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Co Meath in December 2007, several days after she was brought there in the back of a four-by-four vehicle by Kieron Ducie and his then partner, Ann Corcoran.

Both Ducie and Corcoran were given suspended prison sentences earlier this year on a charge of procuring someone to provide drugs to Ms French.

A charge of failing to get prompt medical attention was dropped.

At the inquest today, both changed their original statements saying they could not remember the time when Ms French had a seizure.

They had originally estimated that it had happened at around 8am, although Ms French was not brought to hospital for another two hours.

The French family barrister said Ms Corcoran may have been a friend to Ms French in life, but not in her death.

Coroner John Lacy found in accordance with the medical evidence of State Pathologist Marie Cassidy that death was due to oxygen starvation of the brain due to cocaine and ephedrine.

He recorded an open verdict, due, he said, to the fact there were many gaps in the evidence.