KIERON Ducie has been granted free legal aid for his trial for driving a car without an NCT.
The businessman and friend of tragic model Katy French appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday to face a charge of driving a 05-registered imported car that allegedly did not have a certificate of road- worthiness.
The offence is alleged to have occurred at Belvedere Road, Dublin 3, last August 18.
Defence solicitor Paul Fitzpatrick told Judge Patricia McNamara that a hearing date was required, an indication that the case will be contested.
Judge McNamara refused to set a March 2016 date and said it would be held in November before asking if Ducie (45) was "at risk".
"The reason I ask for a later hearing date is that he may be at risk if the matter goes a certain way," said Mr Fitzpatrick.
The businessman, of Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath stood silently as his lawyer addressed the court on his behalf.
Judge McNamara set a November date for the non-jury district court trial and acceded to the request to grant free legal aid to Ducie.
The court heard he is not working at present.
He has pleaded not guilty to the offence which is alleged to have occurred while he was under a suspended sentence in relation to a drugs offence connected to the death of Ms French.
In February 2013 he had admitted that at an unknown location between 6pm on December 1 and 10am on December 2, 2007, he and another person procured a man to possess cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply to another.
That charge arose out of the death of Ms French in Co Meath eight years ago.
Trim Circuit Court imposed a sentence of two-and-a-half years on Mr Ducie, which was suspended on him entering a bond of €200 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years.