Rapper Ceon Broughton jailed for filming girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie dying of drug overdose instead of getting help
Broughton was found guilty of manslaughter and supplying a Class A drug by a unanimous verdict at the Winchester Crown Court on February 28
The rapper ex-boyfriend of a woman who died after consuming a "bumped up" dose of party drug 2C-P, a synthetic psychedelic supplied by him, at a music festival in September 2017, has been found guilty of his charges.
Thirty -year-old Ceon Broughton, who goes by his rapper name CeonRPG, was found guilty of manslaughter and supplying the Class A drug in the death of 24-year-old Louella Fletcher-Michie by a unanimous verdict at the Winchester Crown Court on Thursday. He was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison, according to the BBC.
John Michie, the father of the victim and a former star of 'Coronation Street,' read out a victim statement at the hearing describing how his and his family's life changed since Louella's death.
"I wake up every morning to face life starting again without Louella," he said. "Our family now is broken. And for what? It makes no sense our beautiful Louella should still be with us on any measure of humanity."
The court heard how Louella's condition worsened after having consumed the drug at the Bestival Music Festival in Lulworth, Dorset, on September 11, 2017, and how Broughton, who was next to her, failed to seek help despite the hospital area being just 400 meters from the secluded wooded area where the 24-year-old was overdosing and would eventually die.
Prosecutors said Broughton made multiple recordings of Louella on his phone as she died — one of which was 51-minutes long. One of the videos which were played for the court showed the 24-year-old shouting loudly, hitting herself, and repeating incoherent sentences such as "Trip up, magical monkey riding the forest... this is acid bruv" and "Call my mum, this is amazing, love you mum, love you grandma... I see through everything, I ain't even joking."
They said Broughton also repeatedly ignored messages he received from her father and her brother where they expressed concern for Louella's welfare, and put on display a text message the rapper sent to his friends where he called the 24-year-old a "drama queen" as she overdosed.
Prosecutors explained Broughton's actions were taken "out of selfishness and self-preservation" as he had been handed down a 24-week suspended jail sentence just one month before Louella's death and that he was aware "committing another offense would land him with 24 weeks, or possibly more, in jail."
They said medical experts believed she had a 90 per cent chance of surviving the ordeal if she had received timely medical assistance that day.
The BBC reported that Broughton was jailed seven years on his manslaughter charges and 18 months for supplying drugs to Louella at Bestival and that both terms will run concurrently. Furthermore, he was also given 13 months for two counts of supplying drugs at Glastonbury - to run consecutively, and a five-month consecutive sentence for breaking his suspended jail term.