Ceon Broughton, 29, (arriving at Winchester Crown Court yesterday), is standing trial over the death of Louella Fletcher-Michie
Holby City actor John Michie today emotionally condemned his daughter’s rapper boyfriend for ‘leaving her to die’, and filming her on his mobile after she had died.
Former Coronation Street star Mr Michie, 62, stared at grime artist Ceon Broughton as he entered court to recall the night Louella Fletcher-Michie died after overdosing on party drug 2C-P.
Mr Michie and his wife Carol Fletcher, 68, had ditched their Sunday roast dinner and desperately dashed 130 miles to a music festival after hearing Louella screech down the phone like a ‘wild animal’.
By the time Mr Michie and Mrs Fletcher arrived at the Bestival site in Lulworth, Dorset, Louella had died – just an hour before her 25th birthday.
Today, giving evidence for the first time, Holby star Mr Michie blasted Broughton, 29, and said ‘I don’t know how you can say you love someone who you left to die in front of you’.
He said ‘I believed him to be a good person at the time’ and said he initially defended Broughton.
Mr Michie told jurors: ‘But what I didn’t realise was how in the six hours he was with her he had not taken her to get help, and how he had seen the very, very distressed state she was in and how I believe he has even filmed her after she died.
‘Clearly, I made a mistake.’ Turning to stare at Broughton, Mr Michie continued: ‘I think Louella loved Ceon, but I’m not sure he loved her. I don’t know how you can say you love someone who you left to die in front of you.
‘I was inclined to believe Ceon when I made my statement the day after. ‘I believed him to be a good person at the time.
‘If I was in Ceon’s situation I would have taken another human being – let alone my girlfriend who I was supposed to love – to a medical tent to save their life.
‘You would have done anything possible to save the life of another human being, being in the distressed state she was in.’
Louella Fletcher-Michie was the daughter of former Coronation Street actor John Michie (pictured with Louella, left, and his other daughter Daisy, right)
When asked about to talk about arriving at Bestival in Lulworth Castle, Dorset, after Louella’s death on September 10, 2017, an emotional Mr Michie stopped and momentarily slumped before regaining composure.
He said he desperately pleaded with security staff to let him into the site to help his dying daughter and even offered them his phone which contained a pinpoint GPS location of the couple.
His wife also sobbed in court as she told jurors she ‘couldn’t believe’ it was her daughter screeching down the phone when she spoke to Broughton from there north London home that day.
Mrs Fletcher told Winchester Crown Court: ‘We cooked a Sunday roast dinner and all the family were there, Sam and Daisy. Daisy had my phone and suddenly Ceon phoned.
‘I only spoke to Ceon, Louella was like a wild animal in the background. I couldn’t believe that was her and that was the last time I heard her voice.
‘I said to him ‘is that Louella?’ and he said ‘she will be fine, don’t worry’ and I said ‘let me speak to her, let me speak to her’.
‘I kept talking but he said ‘don’t worry, don’t worry, I will look after her’. ‘I’ve never heard her before like that, I’ve never heard anyone before like that, that’s why we got in the car and drove down – because of her voice.
‘How can someone be next to her and not get help? I don’t know. ‘Daisy said ‘tell her to be quiet she’s going to blow her brains out’, I only had the ear to my phone but it was so loud.
‘I could hear Louella saying ‘give me my phone’ and ‘I don’t trust you, I hate you’.
She loved Ceon but in this moment, under the influence, this was what she was saying.
‘I told him to get help and that’s what I assumed he would do. I asked what they had taken and he said ‘we can see things other people can’t see’.
‘I thought he was a lot more experienced with drug taking and maybe he knows she would be OK.’
Mr Michie said Broughton didn’t sound ‘compos mentis’ on the phone.
He said: ‘The thing I most remember was Louella was very distressed, I could hear her in the background shouting things like ‘I hate you’ and ‘I don’t trust you’ in reference to Ceon.
‘We wanted him to take her to get help.’
He added: ‘I can’t remember much from what Ceon said but I remember the tone of his voice, it was watery and distant and without energy.
‘I felt that I needed to get down there and help my daughter. His voice was slow and he didn’t seem to be concerned and any normal person would be.
‘The phone call went on for a long time but we didn’t get any information except I could hear my daughter in the background in a very distressed state.
‘I resisted taking the phone and speaking to him, I didn’t want him to be intimidated by speaking to the daughter’s dad and him do the wrong thing. ‘He was not very compos mentis at the time.
‘I’ve since learnt he described her as a drama queen, which is hurtful.’
Mrs Fletcher added: ‘The decision was made to go to Dorset as soon as I put the phone down – that voice was enough to make anyone get in their car.
‘We just left the Sunday dinner and John just said ‘let’s go’ so we got in the car.
‘I thought we would just pick her up and bring her home to look after her.’
Mrs Fletcher sobbed in the dock as she recalled the night her daughter died. She said she had an ‘open relationship’ with her daughter and spoke about drugs.
She said: ‘I’m sure there are things she didn’t tell me but we had an open relationship, I told her about drugs and to be careful and if loads of people are doing it around you it does not mean it’s normal, and that you don’t have to do it.
‘She was quite cautious and measured in that way and that’s what her friends have all told me. She did it and took things at festivals but she didn’t go out every weekend doing drugs.’
The court has heard Broughton gave pretty Louella a ‘bumped up’ dose of 2C-P and even filmed her after she died – an hour before her 25th birthday.
The hospital area on the festival grounds in Lulworth Castle, Dorset, was a mere 400 metres away but Broughton made no attempt to take her there for medical assistance.
Prosecutor William Mousley, QC, said Louella would have had a 90 per cent chance of survival if Broughton sought medical help in the six hours they spent in the woods.
Instead, Mr Mousley QC says, Broughton, who has recorded with rap artists Skepta and Wiley, didn’t because he ‘didn’t want to be arrested’ as he was serving a suspended sentence and would likely be jailed.
Yesterday jurors were shown harrowing footage of Louella hallucinating wildly, ending with her lifeless body lying on the ground.
One 51 minute and eight second video, recorded by Broughton on his iPhone from 5.53pm, shows Louella ‘tripping’ and calling ‘Mum’ around a staggering 80 times.
‘Live’ iPhone images taken by Broughton at 11.25pm showed lifeless Louella on her back with bloodied hands.
Mrs Fletcher said Louella was a ‘fit and healthy’ ‘voga’ teacher – a mix of dance and yoga. She said her daughter ‘loved and trusted’ Broughton and said he spent Christmas with them in 2016 but suddenly broke off the relationship soon after, leaving Louella ‘devastated’.
The couple got back together just weeks before Bestival. She said Louella had a ‘good sense to do the right thing’ but ‘didn’t’ at Bestival.
Broughton, of Enfield, London, denies manslaughter and supplying a class A drug. The trial continues.