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John Michie tells of ‘life sentence’ for family after daughter’s festival death

John Michie speaking outside Winchester Crown Court after Ceon Broughton was found guilty of the manslaughter of his daughter (Andrew Matthews/PA)
John Michie speaking outside Winchester Crown Court after Ceon Broughton was found guilty of the manslaughter of his daughter (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Holby City actor John Michie has spoken of his family’s “life sentence” as the rapper boyfriend of his daughter was convicted of her manslaughter.

Ceon Broughton, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of being responsible for the death of Louella Fletcher-Michie after he “bumped up” her dose of a so-called party drug then filmed her as she suffered an extreme reaction.

The 30-year-old was also found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of supplying Miss Fletcher-Michie with the drug 2-CP before her death at the Bestival music festival.

Speaking outside court, Mr Michie said: “Regardless of the outcome of this harrowing trial, there were never going to be any winners.

“We began our life sentence on what would have been Louella’s 25th birthday, Ceon’s life sentence is knowing he didn’t help Louella to live.”

Louella Fletcher-Michie
Louella Fletcher-Michie died at the Bestival site in September 2017 (Zoe Barling/PA)

The defendant showed no emotion as the verdicts were announced by the foreman of the jury and the court received the announcement in silence.

Broughton sat down with his hands held together in front of his face as the judge, Mr Justice Goose, said he intended to sentence him on Friday.

The defendant then asked his lawyer to text his mother.

Ceon Broughton
Ceon Broughton supplied the drugs to his girlfriend, and failed to get her medical help (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Miss Fletcher-Michie, a yoga and dance teacher, took the hallucinogenic drug at Bestival in Dorset on September 10, 2017, and died in woodland an hour before her 25th birthday.

It can now be reported that towards the end of the trial, Mr Michie confronted the defendant in a court waiting area and called him evil.

Miss Fletcher-Michie’s sister Daisy also told him: “All we wanted from you was an apology.”

Broughton was seen to lose his temper and damaged a table and a water cooler.

During his trial, the prosecution said Broughton failed to take “reasonable” steps to seek medical help for Miss Fletcher-Michie.

The jury was shown videos taken by the defendant as her condition worsened – and possibly after she had died.

In clips shown to the court, Miss Fletcher-Michie repeatedly shouts at Broughton to telephone her mother, Carol Fletcher-Michie, but he tells her to “put your phone away”.

Louella Fletcher-Michie
Louella Fletcher-Michie pictured during Bestival (Dorset Police/PA)

Her mother eventually contacted Broughton at 6.48pm and heard her daughter “screeching” before she rushed with her husband to the festival site in a bid to find her.

Prosecutor William Mousley QC claimed Broughton did not get help because he was handed a suspended jail term one month earlier and feared the consequences.

It can now be reported that the suspended sentence was for two charges of possessing a knife.

Mr Mousley said Broughton had given the drugs to Miss Fletcher-Michie and therefore had a duty of care to look after her.

Miss Fletcher-Michie was found dead by a security steward in woodland, 400 metres from the festival’s hospital tent, at about 1am.

A post-mortem examination found “2-CP toxicity” and traces of ketamine and MDMA.

John Michie and wife Carol Fletcher-Michie
John Michie and his wife Carol Fletcher-Michie attended the trial at Winchester Crown Court (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Professor Charles Deakin, a consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care, told the court she had a 90% chance of survival if she had been given medical help.

But Stephen Kamlish QC, defending, said the expert witness had acknowledged she might not have survived even with medical help.

He added that Broughton, who denied supplying the drugs, had felt unable to leave his girlfriend alone in the woods while she was suffering a “bad trip” and he had not realised she was at risk of death.

He said Broughton had sought help through text messages and sending his GPS position through the mobile phone app Google Maps.

Broughton, who performs under the artist name CEONRPG and has recorded music with Skepta, previously pleaded guilty to supplying 2-CP to Miss Fletcher-Michie and another person at the Glastonbury Festival earlier in 2017.

In a statement released through Mr Michie’s agent shortly after his daughter’s death, the family said: “Our hearts are broken by this horrific tragedy.

“Louella inspired all who knew her with her joy of life.”

Ex-Coronation Street and Taggart actor Mr Michie, 62, and his wife Carol – a former Hot Gossip singer – have two other children, Daisy and Sam.

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