THE boyfriend of Holby star John Michie’s daughter has blamed her parents for her death from a drug overdose, a court heard today.
Ceon Broughton, 29, told police that the medical tent was just 400 metres away from them at Bestival music festival and he could have carried 24-year-old Louella Fletcher-Mitchie there.
The boyfriend of Holby star John Michie’s daughter has blamed her parents for her death from a drug overdose. Pictured is John and Carol Michie outside Winchester Crown Court[/caption]
Louella Fletcher-Mitchie, 24, died of a drug overdose at Bestival music festival in September 2017[/caption]
But he claimed her 68-year-old mum, Carol, and Mr Michie, 62, instead told him on the phone to get help from someone in a ‘high-vis’ jacket.
Broughton, who has recorded with top rap artists Skepta and Wiley, filmed his girlfriend tripping on 2C-P, continuing to do so as her condition worsened and even allegedly after she died.
During his first police interview the grime star denied giving Louella the drugs and even allegedly lied that he had not taken anything either at the Bestival music festival.
Jurors at Winchester Crown Court have heard he was serving a suspended sentence at the time, which prosecutors allege is why he did not seek help for his dying girlfriend.
He said he did not know how his girlfriend had got party drug 2C-P, which he suggested was actually LSD.
Coronation Street and Taggart star Mr Michie watched with his family from the public gallery as the court heard details of Broughton’s first police interview today.
The actor was seen leaving court wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Louella’s face on.
In the interview, carried out at Poole police station the day after Louella died – on what should have been her 25th birthday – Broughton claimed she had bought the drugs herself and he had not been there.
He told officers: “I think she bought something, she bought LSD or something.
“We was just having fun and just chilling in the woods. She was tripping and then she said she had acid. She was fine at first, then it kind of spiralled.
“I called her mum and she told me to get to someone in high vis. I was trying to calm [Louella] down, she was rolling around in stinging nettles and stuff.
“Her mum and dad said they were on their way. I wanted to carry her, I wanted to carry her myself, but they told me to get help. I would have carried her myself.”
I wanted to carry her, I wanted to carry her myself, but they told me to get help. I would have carried her myself
Broughton said Louella had left him as he ate a toasted sandwich at lunch time, which is when he thought she had bought the drugs.
The harrowing footage seen by jurors sees Louella trying to eat thorns and hitting and slapping herself with bloody hands as she begged for her parents.
She could be seen lying on her back calling out for her mum and dad – and telling Broughton not to post the video on YouTube.
Broughton is heard telling her to “sort yourself out, battle through this” and “shut up, shut up”.
Prosecutor Simon Jones told Winchester Crown Court, Hants: “He told officers it was definitely LSD she had taken, because she had said she had taken it.
“He confirmed later on that he did not see where she got it from and she had not said anything. He said he did not take anything.
“[Broughton] said, ‘I am on community service right now, so I can’t get into trouble’. When asked, he said, ‘no, I did not give her anything’.
“At the end, he was asked if he wanted to add anything else. Broughton said, ‘I am very distressed about this. I am in pieces man. She’s not coming back’.”
In a second interview, later the same day, he told officers again he had not taken drugs at the Lulworth Castle site, Dorset, just drinking two cans of cider and two of lager.
Mr Jones said: “He said he did not have a clear memory of the timings, but he was thinking clearly and trying to act rationally. He was asked if he was not telling the officers something, he said ‘something I am not telling you? No there’s nothing’.
“The officers suggested he had not ensured Louella got the medical attention she needed. He said, ‘yeah man, I did. Oh man, I was trying to give her good medical care’.
“He confirmed he did not dial 999. He said that was because people said they were sending help.
“The officers suggested he might have been tripping himself.
FILMED WHILE DYING
“He said, ‘I was in a good position to take care of her. I acted rationally. You’re talking like I want her to be dead’.
“The officers confirmed no one was suggesting that, but they indicated he was not giving her the best care because he had taken drugs. He said, ‘I was caring for her. I was, I was, I was caring for her’.”
The junior prosecutor added Broughton had claimed to officers that when he told friends at the festival he had drugs with him he was simply joking, adding they would often joke about things like that.
But during the trial, jurors have heard blood samples taken from Broughton revealed he had MDMA, ketamine, diazepam and alprazolam in his system, as well as 2C-P.
The court has heard former Coronation Street star Mr Michie and his wife, a dancer with Hot Gossip, made a desperate 130-mile dash from north London to Bestival in Lulworth, Dorset, after hearing a hallucinating Louella screech down the phone ‘like a wild animal’.
The on-site hospital was a mere 400 metres away from the woodland they were in, yet the court heard Broughton did not seek help in the six hours he spent with Louella there.
Prosecutor William Mousley QC said the rapper could have saved her if he had sought medical help, but did not as he ‘didn’t want to be arrested’as he was serving a suspended sentence and would likely be jailed.
Jurors have also been shown shocking footage of Louella hallucinating wildly ad repeatedly shouting ‘mum’, as well as ‘dad, I love you’, before slapping herself on the legs.
An audio clip revealed Broughton laughed at his girlfriend before she appeared to start eating thorns.
Grisly ‘live’ iPhone images, taken by Broughton at 11.25pm on September 10 2017, show a lifeless Louella laying on her back with bloodied hands.
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It has been heard Louella is the first person to have died in the world from a 2C-P overdose, which Broughton is alleged to have ‘bumped up’.
Broughton, of Enfield, London, denies manslaughter and supplying class A drugs.
The trial continues next week.
Ceon Broughton said he did not know how his girlfriend had got party drug 2C-P, which he suggested was actually LSD[/caption]
The harrowing footage seen by jurors sees Louella trying to eat thorns and hitting and slapping herself with bloody hands as she begged for her parents[/caption]
Mr Michie was seen leaving court wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Louella’s face on[/caption]
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