Rapper Ceon Broughton has manslaughter conviction quashed for giving Holby City actor John Michie’s daughter fatal drugs

A RAPPER who left a Holby City star's daughter to die after giving her the drugs that killed her has today had his conviction quashed.

Ceon Broughton, 31, appealed against his manslaughter conviction after his girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie died after taking an hallucinogenic at Bestival in 2017.

Miss Fletcher-Michie, daughter of Holby City and Coronation Street actor John Michie, died after taking 2-CP during the music festival at Lulworth Castle, Dorset, in September three years ago.

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

Broughton, 31, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and handed an eight-and-a-half-year sentence in March 2019, following a trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Broughton challenged his manslaughter conviction and his jail term at a Court of Appeal hearing in June.

At the High Court today Lord Burnett quashed the conviction saying: "In our view, this is one of those rare cases where the expert evidence was all that the jury had to assist them in answering the question on causation.

"The appeal against conviction for manslaughter must be allowed.'

At the appeal hearing, Broughton's barrister Stephen Kamlish QC argued the conviction was unsafe because prosecutors had "failed to prove" that Miss Fletcher-Michie would have survived had she received treatment by a certain point.

He also argued Broughton's sentence was "excessive" in any event.

The jury at Broughton's trial found him guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.

He was also found guilty of supplying Miss Fletcher-Michie with 2-CP at the festival.

Broughton previously admitted supplying drugs to Miss Fletcher-Michie at 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.

Prosecutors told jurors during his trial that Broughton failed to take "reasonable" steps to seek medical help for Miss Fletcher-Michie.

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

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