Rapper who killed Holby City star’s daughter at Bestival mounts appeal

A Grime star jailed for the manslaughter of his girlfriend at Bestival is preparing to mount an appeal.

Louella Fletcher-Michie, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, died after taking the hallucinogenic drug 2-CP in September 2017.

Coen Broughton was given an eight-and-a-half-year sentence in March last year following a trial.

Winchester Crown Court heard how he recorded Louella on his iPhone as she hallucinated wildly on the synthetic class-A substance and screamed like a ‘wild animal’.

Broughton was told by her panicked family and friends several times to get her to medics, but he failed to do so to ‘protect himself’ as he was serving a suspended sentence.

She was found dead in the early hours of September 11, the day on which she should have celebrated her 25th birthday, in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

Three appeal judges are scheduled to consider the case at a virtual Court of Appeal hearing on Wednesday.

Jurors found Broughton, 30 at the time of the trial, guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Broughton was also found guilty of supplying Louella with 2-CP, at the festival.

He had previously admitted supplying drugs to her at the Glastonbury festival in June 2017, and was in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for possessing a lock knife and a Stanley knife blade.

Prosecutor William Mousley QC said Broughton had failed to take ‘reasonable’ steps to seek medical help for Louella.

Mr Mousley said Broughton did not get help because he had been handed a suspended jail term a month earlier and feared the consequences.

Stephen Kamlish QC, who led Broughton’s defence team, said an expert witness, called by prosecutors, had acknowledged that Louella might not have survived even with medical help.

He said Broughton had felt unable to leave her alone, in woods, while she was suffering a ‘bad trip’, and he had not realised she was at risk of death.

Broughton had sought help through text messages and sending a GPS position through the mobile phone app Google Maps, he said.

Mr Kamlish QC read a statement to the court from Broughton, during the sentencing hearing, which read: ‘Sorry I didn’t do more to save Louella, sorry for the suffering I caused to everyone who loved Louella, I want to make things right.’

Trial judge Mr Justice Goose had told Broughton: ‘You were only concerned for yourself. You didn’t want to be arrested, you were more in fear of that than in getting help.’