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Holby star’s daughter ‘may have died even with earlier medical help’ | UK News



The daughter of a Holby City actor may have taken a drug dose that meant she could not have been saved – even with earlier medical help, a court has heard.

Louella Fletcher-Michie died at the Bestival festival in Dorset in September 2017, an hour before she was due to turn 25, after taking the class A party drug 2-CP.

Ceon Broughton, her boyfriend, is accused of her manslaughter by gross negligence, as well as supplying the drug that killed her.

Ceon Broughton
Ceon Broughton denies the charges against him

The prosecution claims the 30-year-old failed to take reasonable action to get medical help for his girlfriend. He denies the charges.

Ms Fletcher-Michie was the daughter of actor John Michie, who has appeared in shows such as Holby City, Taggart and Coronation Street.

In his closing speech, defence barrister Stephen Kamlish QC said a lack of medical information about the drug’s effects meant it was “impossible” to say whether any action by the defendant could have prevented her death.

He said a toxicology report was inconclusive about the amount of the drug Miss Fletcher-Michie had taken – but that it was a possibility she had taken too high a dose to be saved.

Coronation Street actor John Michie's daughter died in September 2017 after taking drugs at Bestival in Dorset.
John Michie has appeared in Holby City, Taggart and Coronation Street

Mr Kamlish said one of the prosecution’s witnesses, Professor Charles Deakin, had put her chances of survival at 90% had she received medical attention.

He told Winchester Crown Court: “There is a possibility that, even Professor Deakin himself acknowledged, that she might have taken so much that she could not have been saved while it was in her system, which means Ceon cannot be held to lame, however bad you find his behaviour.

“Why is someone being prosecuted for the death of someone who may never have survived?”

Mr Kamlish added: “No-one says he (Broughton) intended to cause her harm, they were going to have a good time, it was her birthday, she chose to take that drug.

“Something was different that day, she had never reacted that way before, you can’t be sure, like Professor Deakin can’t be sure, that she hadn’t taken too much.”

He concluded: “To criminalise him for this would not be just”

The trial continues.

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