Death Bestival drugs: boyfriend guilty of manslaughter


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Media LegendIn images shown to jurors by the defense, Louella Fletcher-Michie was filmed playing with fairy lights in a tent at the festival

A man who drugged his girlfriend at a festival and filmed her while she died was found guilty of manslaughter.

Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, was found dead in a forest near the Bestival site in Dorset in 2017.

Ceon Broughton did little to help his girlfriend – the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie – for six hours, as he feared breaking a suspended prison sentence.

He filmed Fletcher-Michie and branded her a "drama queen" while she was dying, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Broughton, 30, of the Island Center Way in Enfield, London, was also found guilty of providing the drug Class 2CP, which Fletcher-Michie took.

Both verdicts were unanimous and he should be sentenced Friday morning.

Speaking out of court, Michie said, "Regardless of the outcome of this harrowing judgment, there will never be winners."

"We began the sentence of life imprisonment on what would have been Louella's 25th birthday. Ceon's life sentence is to know that he did not help Louella live."

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Louella Fletcher-Michie died after a "significant period of suffering," Winchester Crown Court heard

The trial heard the couple have entered the forest to take drugs on the eve of Fletcher-Michie's 25th birthday.

Fletcher-Michie was found dead by a security commissioner 400 meters from the festival hospital tent on September 11, 2017.

The court heard that the couple liked to shoot each other when they were taking drugs and the jurors were shown filming the day that Broughton could be seen playing with a fidget spinner.

Broughton then filmed his girlfriend when she became "disturbed, agitated and seriously ill" and continued recording after her apparent death.

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Ceon Broughton to be sentenced on Friday

A furious exchange at court on Feb. 21 between Mrs. Fletcher-Michie's father and Broughton can now be reported.

During a break in the proceedings, Mr. Michie shouted "evil, evil" and "not even sorry" as his family walked toward an exit.

Broughton picked up a wooden table and threw it against the wall, tearing it to pieces.

He then invaded the waiting area of ‚Äč‚Äčanother court and damaged a water cooler before being restrained by the police, the security team and his legal team.

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John Michie said: "The sentence of life of Ceon is to know that he did not help Louella to live"

During the trial, the court heard Broughton have contacted friends and Fletcher-Michie's family, sending maps showing their location.

His parents traveled 209 kilometers from London to the festival at Lulworth Castle, but when Fletcher-Michie's brother, Sam, also contacted Broughton, asking him to seek medical help, he called her "drama queen" and told him to " call back". one hour".

The jurors heard Broughton not act because he was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, a month earlier.

Broughton had already pleaded guilty to providing 2CP to Fletcher-Michie and his friend at the Glastonbury Festival in 2017.


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