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Bestival drugs death: Boyfriend of manslaughter



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Half captionIn footage shown to jurors by the defense, Louella Fletcher-Michie was filmed playing with fairy lights in a tent at the festival

A man who gave his girlfriend drugs to a festival and filmed her as she died has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, was found dead in woodland 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 breaching a suspended prison term.

He has filmed Ms Fletcher-Michie and branded her as a "queen drama" as she lay dying, Winchester Crown Court heard.

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

Both verdicts were unanimous and he's due to be sentenced on Friday morning.

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

"We started our life sentence on what would have been Louella's 25th birthday. Ceon's life sentence is knowing that he did not help Louella to live."

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

The trial heard the pair had gone into a woodland to take drugs on the eve of Ms Fletcher-Michie's 25th birthday.

Ms Fletcher-Michie was found dead by a security steward 400m from the festival's hospital tent on September 11, 2017.

The court heard the couple liked to film each other when they were taking drugs and jurors were shown footage from the day in which Broughton could be seen playing with a fidget spinner.

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

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Ceon Broughton will be sentenced on Friday

An angry exchange at court on February 21 between Ms Fletcher-Michie's father and Broughton can now be reported.

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

Broughton grabbed a wooden table and threw it against a wall, breaking it into pieces.

He then stormed into the waiting area of ​​another courtroom and damaged a water cooler before being restrained by police, security staff and his legal team.

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John Michie said: "Ceon's life sentence is knowing that he did not help Louella to live"

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

Her parents drove 130 miles (209km) from London to the festival at Lulworth Castle but when Ms Fletcher-Michie's brother Sam also contacted Broughton, urging him to seek medical help, he called her a "queen drama" and told him to "call back in an hour ".

Jurors heard Broughton failed to act because he had been handed a 24-week sentence sentence, suspended for one year, a month before.

Broughton had already pleaded guilty to supplying 2CP to Ms Fletcher-Michie and her friend at Glastonbury Festival in 2017.


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