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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Suspect fled to Spain to beat Katy drug quiz

THE main dealer who supplied the drugs that killed Katy French will never face justice.

The Herald can reveal that the man who supplied drugs to the model's associate, Russell Memery, has fled to Spain.

The man, who is linked to notorious gangster Brian 'Tosser' Meehan, left Ireland in the months after French's death.

Detectives at Navan Garda Station received confidential information that the drugs supplied to French were sourced through this man and given to her by a third party.

The man, from the Dublin 15 area, does not have serious criminal convictions. He is suspected of having supplied drugs to a number of other socialites in Dublin in the past.

The man was forced to flee the country after falling foul of a west Dublin crime gang in 2008, and lived in a hotel on the Costa del Sol. He departed Dublin after shots were fired at his home, in the same week Katy French fell into a drug-induced coma. The incidents were not related.

The man was an associate of Memery, who was convicted yesterday of conspiring to supply cocaine, following an investigation into the death of model French in 2007.

Trim Circuit Court heard that Memery, originally from Finglas, Dublin, but living in Navan, had conspired with two other people to possess cocaine for the purpose of selling or supplying it to another.

The offence took place between 11pm on December 1, 2007 and 3am on the December 2, 2007.

Four days later, the 24-year-old model died after falling into a coma. A post-mortem revealed she had suffered brain damage and traces of cocaine were found in her system.

Det Garda Niall O'Donnell told the court that on December 1, 2007 Memery got a telephone call to source €200 worth of cocaine for a third party.

State Prosecutor Karl Hanahoe said Memery contacted a third party and drove to the Statoil Service Station at Bracetown, Clonee, Co Meath.

At the garage the cocaine was exchanged for four €50 notes.

Memery was arrested on the February 20, 2008 and accepted "his part in the handover of the cocaine", Mr Hanahoe said.

Memery who has an address at Yellow Clay Manor in Navan has 20 previous convictions for traffic offences.

His barrister Caroline Biggs said Memery had made a statement to gardai setting out his role and the garda agreed that Memery had "in real terms assisted the Prosecution case."

She said he did not seek out the individual but was himself contacted with a view to sourcing drugs and he went with another party to get the drugs.

Passing sentence, the judge said another person had initiated what happened and "he was the contact person who made contact to get the drugs. I accept there was no gain, he got no profit."

He imposed a two-and-a-half year jail sentence but suspended it on condition that Memery enter into a bond to be of good behaviour for the next three years.

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