The rapper boyfriend of a Holby City star’s daughter was “not really agitated and refused to answer questions” after she died of a drug overdose at Bestival, a court heard.
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At first, Ceon Broughton would not respond to music festival staff about what he and missing girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, had been doing in woodland just off the grounds.
Broughton, 29, was allegedly “under the influence” after seeing his hallucinating girlfriend repeatedly hit herself and even try to eat thorns.
Jurors heard the grime star would initially only tell the event’s night manager Andrew McGrory Louella had been “not well” and “cold” after he went to staff asking them to help find her on the site in Lulworth, Dorset.
In a log of events kept by Mr McGrory, the senior festival manager said Broughton only admitted he and Louella had been taking the class A substances together when he was finally told to “cut to the chase.”
In his notes, McGrory said as soon as the rapper told him this he realised “this could be much worse than a missing girl.”
Junior prosecutor Simon Jones today read a section from Mr McGrory’s log to Winchester Crown Court, Hants, which the festival manager had kept throughout the night of September 10, 2017 detailing what happened after Louella was reported missing.
Reading details of Mr McGrory’s meeting with Broughton behind a bar on the Lulworth Castle grounds, Mr Jones said: “At 25 minutes to one in the morning, you say ‘met boyfriend Ceon.
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“‘He was dazed and vacant and appeared to be under the influence but not really agitated.
“‘I asked where he had last seen his girlfriend and he said in the woods. I asked what they were doing and got no response. Then he volunteered she was not well.
“‘I asked him if she was okay and got no response, I asked if she was breathing, he said yes. He said she was cold and he had given her his coat.
“‘I said cut to the chase and asked had they taken drugs. He said they had taken 2C-P. I realised this could be much worse than a missing girl’.”
The court also heard today Holby City star Mr Michie, 62, who has been watching the trial from the public gallery with his family, cried out ‘my daughter’ as he saw police rushing to the location where her body had been found.
Officers discovered Louella’s iPhone “trodden” into mud, with a cracked screen, and Louella on her back with bramble marks all over her hands.
PC Christopher Harrison told the court: “On route to the scene, we saw the father of the deceased.
“He called out “my daughter”, and I said to him that was where we were going.”
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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.
The on-site hospital was a mere 400 metres away, yet the court heard Broughton did not seek help in the six hours he spent with Louella in the woods.
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 and repeatedly shouting “mum”, as well as “dad, I love you”, before slapping herself on the legs.
iPhone images, taken by Broughton at 11.25pm, show a lifeless Louella laying on her back with bloodied hands.
It was heard worried Mr Michie and his wife arrived at the festival site and told staff their daughter was ‘having a bad trip’ but were not allowed to enter the festival site.
Security worker Craig Welsh volunteered to take the actor’s phone and find Louella himself, eventually using a picture on the Taggart star’s iPhone to identify her body.
It has been heard Louella was the first known death caused by 2C-P and that Broughton had given her a “bumped up dose”.
Broughton, of Enfield, London, denies manslaughter and supplying class A drugs.
The trial continues.
This article originally appeared on The Sun.