Louella Fletcher-Michie: Ceon Broughton accused of leaving dead girl 'about a minute from help' in Bestival woods

Ceon Broughton left his girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie in an area that would have taken "about a minute" to walk to help as she lay dead in secluded woods at Bestival, a court has heard.

Broughton, who denies manslaughter and one charge of supplying a Class A drug, seemed "erratic" and kept wanting to run away after festival staff found Louella’s lifeless body curled up in the woods, according to a security guard.

Despite there being an on-site hospital just 400metres from where they were in the woods, Broughton allegedly didn’t get help for the 24-year-old woman because he was concerned about getting into legal trouble.

Louella’s parents, Holby City actor John Michie and his wife Carol Michie, had raced the 130 miles from their home in north London to the Bestival site in Lulworth, Dorset, after a terrifying phone call from their daughter, in which she sounded "like a wild animal" and was heard telling her boyfriend "I hate you, I don’t trust you".

Louella Fletcher-Michie died in secluded woods at Bestival 2017

Louella’s boyfriend Ceon Broughton, pictured arriving at court today, denies manslaughter and supplying a Class A drug

Security worker Craig Welsh told the court today how he took John’s iPhone to search for Louella using a Google Maps pin after his boss refused to let the parents onto the festival site.

But tragically, by the time he got there Louella had died of a drug overdose.

Jurors heard he found her ‘curled up’ and covered in a coat, looking like she had ‘laid down for a sleep’ among trees at the edge of the Bestival site.

Unable to save her, Mr Welsh then identified the blonde woman by a photo on the 62-year-old actor’s phone.

John and Carol had arrived at the site in Lulworth, Dorset, telling staff Louella was having a "bad trip".

Louella was found blue-lipped and without a pulse in the woods

Security guard Craig Welsh gave evidence in court today

Event controller Judy Beck told security staff not to let them in, instead asking them to make calls in an effort to find her themselves.

When Mr Welsh was shown Louella and her rapper boyfriend Broughton’s last known location on her dad’s phone, he volunteered to find her.

Tragically, by the time Mr Welsh reached her body it was too late, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Her lips had turned blue and her arms were crossed across her body, "almost like she was cold".

After he had finished giving evidence, Louella’s mother Carol, 68, who has been watching from the public gallery, thanked Mr Welsh outside the courtroom for finding her daughter.

Louella with her dad John and mum Carol

The jury today heard Mr Michie and his wife went to two different entrances to the Bestival site in a desperate bid to get in and find their daughter.

When they were finally able to show Mr Welsh a Google Maps pin with the last location of Broughton and their daughter, he offered to take the phone and find it.

Giving evidence he said: "Mr Michie had his mobile phone in his hand. He showed me a Google pin drop. Both parents were distressed.

"He wanted to gain access to the site to go searching for his daughter.

"I had been at the festival site since the build up before the stages were erected and I had seen the whole site.

Louella was filmed by Broughton while she was dying, the court heard

"I changed his settings on his phone to a satellite view so I could identify better the area where this was and I believed it was further than where he was saying.

"He wanted access to the site to go looking and I contacted the event controller and explained, but it was refused.

"Because I suggested I knew where it was, I said if he was happy I would take his phone and go to the location. He gave me the phone.

"Me and my colleague Ben Ellison went into a forest area to locate the person through the GPS. It was very, very dark.

"We were shouting for Louella and Ceon. We got to the location but we found nothing. Me and Ben carried on further to try and get to where Ceon was at Stacey’s bar.

"I heard my colleague shout. At that point, I turned around and notice a female’s body on the floor.

Louella with John Michie

"She was laid facing up. It was as if she was curled up. Her knees were drawn up to her chest and to one side. From what I can recall, she was wearing a hoodie and a jacket over the top of her.

"Her face was greyish, with blue lips. I noticed she was not breathing. Her eyes were open. I checked for a pulse and I got none. She was cold.

"I found a photograph on [Mr Michie’s] phone to identify the girl."

When asked by Stephen Kamlish QC, representing Broughton, he agreed that Louella looked like she had "laid down for a sleep".

Mr Welsh told jurors he then ran to get help, adding: "There was a light just a couple of hundred yards away.

"I didn’t know where I was on the festival site when I got there. I spoke to another member of security staff and went back to her, it took about a minute to get back."

Louella had called her parents in her final hours

Fellow security worker Aiden Lawrence said Broughton had been "erratic" when he finally went to find help, adding he had joined Mr Welsh after Louella’s body was found.

Mr Lawrence said: "He kept wanting to run off, he was very erratic.

"When my colleague came out the woods, I was told Louella was really unwell. I went and tried to look for signs of life. She was just staring straight forward.

"She was laid very still, with her arms crossed across her body, almost like she was cold.

"There was a bramble bush nearby and there were small scratches on her hands from the bramble bush."

The court has heard former Coronation Street star Mr Michie and his wife, a dancer with Hot Gossip, ditched their Sunday roast to make their desperate drive to Bestival after hearing Louella "screech" down the phone "like a wild animal".

Louella was found in the woods without her boyfriend, the security guards said

Broughton 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 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 been shown footage of Louella hallucinating wildly ad repeatedly shouting "Mum", as well as "Dad, I love you", before slapping herself on the legs.

An audio clip appeared to indicate Broughton laughed at his girlfriend as she appeared to start eating thorns.

‘Live’ iPhone images, taken by Broughton at 11.25pm, show a lifeless Louella laying on her back with bloodied hands.

Broughton, of Enfield, London, denies manslaughter and supplying class A drugs.

The trial continues.

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