Daughter of Holby City actor 'first to die' from taking new party drug 2CP, court hears

Telegraph Reporters
Louella Fletcher-Michie, who died at the Bestival music festival last year  - PA

The daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, who was found dead at the Bestival music festival, was the "first person to die" from taking party drug 2CP, a court has heard.

Ceon Broughton, of Enfield, north London, appeared at Winchester Crown Court, accused of supplying the psychedelic drug to Louella Fletcher-Michie.

The 25-year-old was found dead in a wooded area on the edge of the Bestival site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset just before 1am on September 11 last year.

The defendant is charged with her manslaughter by gross negligence and three counts of supplying the class A drug at both the Bestival and Glastonbury festivals.

Richard Thomas, defending, told the court: "There have been no deaths from this drug before."

Broughton spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and British nationality during the hearing.

The 29-year-old has not yet entered pleas to the charges.

The court was told that a trial, expected to last four weeks, was likely to be held early next year.

Adjourning the case for a pre-trial hearing on July 20, Judge Keith Cutler told the defendant: "I adjourn your case over, I renew your bail without conditions.

"It's always a condition of bail not to commit any criminal offences so, please, no drugs."

Ceon Broughton, pictued outside Poole Magistrates' Court, of Enfield, north London, appeared at Winchester Crown Court, accused of supplying the psychedelic drug to Louella Fletcher-Michie Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

In a statement released through Michie's agent shortly after his daughter's death, the family said: "Our hearts are broken by this horrific tragedy.

"Louella inspired all who knew her with her joy of life. The family would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt tributes and messages."

Former Coronation Street and Taggart actor Michie, 61, and his wife Carol - a former Hot Gossip singer - have two other children, Daisy and Sam.