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"It's a kick in the teeth": The Holby City actor's daughter says she was "denied justice".


The grieving family of a Holby City actor's daughter who died of an overdose said she had been denied justice after her rapper friend, who gave her the drug and filmed her death, was released on appeal.

The 31-year-old trader Ceon Broughton provided John Michie's daughter Louella Fletcher-Michie with the hallucinogenic 2-CP at the Bestival in Dorset, but was released from prison yesterday after his eight-year sentence was waived.

Today the verdict was described as a "kick in the teeth" for Louella's family, which contributed to their ongoing agony over her death.

A family source told MailOnline: “To say the family is devastated is an understatement. It was difficult enough dealing with Louella's loss, and now justice has been denied.

“The judicial system has let her and the family down. That decision is a kick in the teeth that just added to our pain. It's wrong and doesn't make any sense. "

Broughton went free after an appeals court judge ruled that prosecutors couldn't prove that they could have been alive if he had called for help.

Ceon Broughton with girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie, who died in September 2017

Timeline of the police investigation into the death of Louella Fletcher-Michie

11th September 2017: Louella Fletcher-Michie was found dead around 1am in a wooded area near Bestival

13th September 2017: Ceon Broughton arrested on suspicion of murdering and supplying a Class A drug before being released for investigation

February 23, 2018: Broughton is arrested again on suspicion of manslaughter

23 March 2018: Broughton appears for the first time in Poole Magistrates' Court on charges

July 26, 2018: Broughton does not profess homicide at Winchester Crown Court

4th February 2019: Broughton's trial begins at Winchester Crown Court

February 28, 2019: The trial jury begins its deliberations

He was originally convicted after taking six hours of harrowing footage of his younger friend overdosing on his cell phone when she yelled, “This is not upset. I did not expect this.

The videos had appalled former Taggart star Michie and his wife Carol, who welcomed Broughton to their home and believed him innocent in the hours after Louella's death in September 2017.

So trustworthy he was that he'd even spent Christmas at Michie's £ 1.2m house in north London, worked with Louella's brother Sam, and attended Mr. Michie's 60th birthday dinner.

But in court the animosity between them was exposed and Mr. Michie stared at him as he spoke from the stand.

In heartbreaking evidence, he had stated, “I think Louella loved Ceon. I am not sure if he loved her. I don't know how you could ever say that you loved someone if you let them die before you.

They later met unexpectedly in court and the father had told him, "You're bad, bad," which infuriated Broughton when he threw a coffee table across a room and attacked a water cooler.

The 2019 Winchester Crown Court jury had sobbed as they looked at footage of Louella's plight when the drug showed her effects at one point while trying to eat thorns.

Clips showed musician Broughton turning his iPhone on himself at one point to show him smiling and playing with a fidgety weirdo toy and pocketing his hoodie brand as well.

During a 50 minute video, Louella had yelled, “Make sure you film this. Put a camera on me now. You'd better take Ceon. Don't put this on YouTube. & # 39;

She had also called repeatedly to call her mother and when they were called the sound of their daughter's overdose was so harrowing that they jumped into their car for the 130-mile drive from London to the festival site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset perform. They were tragically too late to find her alive.

At 10:41 p.m. that night, the footage showed Broughton holding Louella's badly scratched hand. A still picture taken at 11:24 p.m. appeared to show them lifeless at his feet.

Broughton, last year

Louella Fletcher-Michie

Broughton (left, pictured in February 2019) was convicted of manslaughter by Miss Fletcher-Michie (right), who died after taking the drug 2C-P at Bestival

Broughton was so trusted by the Michie family that he was invited to their family for Christmas and for John's 60th birthday

Broughton was so trusted by the Michie family that he was invited to their family for Christmas and for John's 60th birthday

But Broughton's conviction was overturned after his attorney said the prosecution had "failed to prove" that they would have survived if treated up to a point – the crux of the original trial against him.

After the appeal hearing, Broughton's lawyers said he was "devastated" by Louella's death.

In a statement, they said: “The Court of Appeal ruled today that Louella's death was not due to criminal negligence, but rather to a tragic accident.

& # 39; Ceon remains devastated by her death.

“He always wished he could have done more to save her.

"He loved Louella and she loved him, but he knows that no words will ever be enough to convey his sense of responsibility for what happened or to remove the pain others have caused."

Miss Fletcher-Michie was found dead in the woods on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle on the morning of her 25th birthday on September 11, 2017.

Broughton, who raps under the stage name CEONRPG, was convicted of gross negligence in manslaughter in March 2019 and sentenced to eight years and six months in prison.

The jury was told that instead of calling 999, Broughton stayed with Louella in the remote wooded area.

Prosecutors alleged that he avoided seeking help because he "did not want to be arrested" while on probation. A medical center was located near the seating area.

But today in the High Court in London, Lord Burnett overturned the conviction, saying, “In our view, this is one of the rare cases where the jury has only provided the expert evidence to answer the question of causality.

“This expert evidence was not able to determine a causation of the criminal standard.

Louella Fletcher-Michie and Ceon Broughton in a tent at Bestival

Louella and Broughton played with fairy lights in the clip

Footage of Louella and Broughton at Bestival cracking jokes the day before taking the drug that would kill them

2-CP: The drug is said to have the hallucinogenic properties of LSD with the stimulatory effects of ecstasy

2-CP is said to have the hallucinogenic properties of LSD combined with the stimulant effects of ecstasy.

However, users have reported that the effects can be intense and uncontrollable.

Broughton's attorney Stephen Kamlish QC cited a report on 2-CP in which one user described the ingestion as "physically and mentally stressful".

But Mr Kamlish told the jury that "no one has ever been known to die from taking this medicine (2-CP) or from an overdose".

After taking the drug, Miss Fletcher-Michie became disturbed, excited and seriously ill, moaning, scratching her flesh and trying to eat thorns.

Professor Charles Deakin, a cardiac anesthesia and critical care advisor, said the footage showed she was "unaware of her surroundings" and was "seriously unwell and in urgent need of medical attention."

Prof. Deakin said sedatives, breathing assistance and blood pressure monitoring could have been used to treat Miss Fletcher-Michie on the spot.

But Broughton, who later admitted to her brother Sam that he had "increased" the dose, did nothing to help her, and she was found dead by a steward in the woods 400 yards from the hospital tent.

The trial heard that Broughton delivered the drug to her after her own "pills" were confiscated by Bestival stewards.

The Talk To Frank drug awareness website states that the 2C family of drugs can make you “energetic and alert, especially attentive to colors, sounds and smells, and very sensitive to touch and sexually aroused”.

But it warns, "The more you take, the more intense and uncontrollable the experience will be."

Miss Darlow's final assertion that Louella was deprived of a 90 percent chance of survival at 9:10 p.m. accurately reflected Professor Deakin's evidence, but for the reasons we explained, that is not enough.

In other words, when surgery carries a 10% personal mortality risk, both patient and clinician can confidently say that the chances of survival were very high or very good, but neither could be certain.

In a respectful disagreement with the judge, we conclude that the applicant's main argument that the case should have been withdrawn by the jury is well founded.

“When using the Galbraith test, which was carried out at the highest level, the evidence presented by the prosecution could not prove that the criminal evidence standard was causal. Appeals against the manslaughter conviction must be allowed. "

The Winchester Crown Court trial heard that Broughton received no help because he had received a suspended sentence a month earlier and feared the consequences.

At the appeal hearing, Broughton's attorney Stephen Kamlish QC argued that the conviction was uncertain because prosecutors "failed to prove" that Miss Fletcher-Michie would have survived had she been treated to a certain point.

He also argued that Broughton's judgment was definitely "excessive".

Mr. Kamlish QC told the appeals court: “The crown cannot prove now or in court that it would have lived if it had been treated.

“The Crown now argues that if it had deprived the deceased of the chance of survival through medical treatment, it would have lived, but that also means that it may or may not have lived.

& # 39; This is hardly the right text on which the Crown can prove causality. The appeal leader tried to get help. So he cannot be described as grossly negligent. & # 39;

He said Broughton felt unable to leave Miss Fletcher-Michie alone in the woods while she was on a "bad trip" and failed to realize that she was in mortal danger.

Mr. Kamlish added, "So if we look at the direction of the learned judge in terms of the ease or difficulty of getting help, it was difficult when Louella could walk alone."

He said Professor Charles Deakin raised whether medical intervention could have helped the trial while other experts focused on the cause of death.

Mr Kamlish said the prosecution's evidence did not establish causality against the defendant.

In her final moments, captured on camera, Miss Fletcher-Michie said, "My mother and father, my brother and sister, I love you very much."

Her mother, Carol Fletcher-Michie, said she "dropped everything" and traveled to the festival site with her husband after contacting Broughton and hearing her daughter in the background.

Broughton of Enfield, North London denied this but was convicted by the jury of manslaughter and delivery of Class A drugs.

His manslaughter conviction was overturned. He did not appeal his belief in supplying Class A drugs.

Broughton previously admitted drugging Miss Fletcher-Michie at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2017 and was on suspended sentence for possession of a lock knife and a Stanley knife blade.

The prosecution informed the jury during his trial that Broughton had not taken "appropriate" steps to seek medical attention for Miss Fletcher-Michie.

The harrowing footage shown to the court showed videos he had taken of her while she was under the influence of the drug.

The first was scheduled at 5:53 p.m. The 50-minute clip shows Louella hallucinating wildly.

"This is the best trip I've ever had," she said repeatedly on camera. "I see colorful taxis … Magical monkey riding through the forest."

Actor John Michie and his wife Carol Fletcher-Michie on February 27, 2019 at Winchester Crown Court

Actor John Michie and his wife Carol Fletcher-Michie on February 27, 2019 at Winchester Crown Court

She was later seen shouting, “This is the happiest thing I've ever been. That's crazy. I am so happy the best day of my life. I've taken acid before. It's not an acid. I did not expect this. & # 39;

Broughton previously admitted drugging Miss Fletcher-Michie at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2017 and was on suspended sentence for possession of a lock knife and a Stanley knife blade.

The prosecution informed the jury during his trial that Broughton had not taken "appropriate" steps to seek medical attention for Miss Fletcher-Michie.

They said he did not get help because he had been given a suspended sentence a month earlier and feared the consequences.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Mr Justice Sweeney and Mr Justice Murray made their decision this morning.

A representative for Mr Michie declined to comment.

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