Drug-dealing rapper who fed girlfriend 2-CP then filmed her dying has manslaughter conviction quashed
A rapper who gave his young girlfriend drugs at a music festival and filmed her as she died has had his conviction for manslaughter overturned.
Convicted drug dealer Ceon Broughton, 31, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2019 for the killing of Louella Fletcher-Michie.
Louella, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, died after taking the hallucinogenic class A drug 2-CP at Bestival in Dorset in 2017.
The grime star (pictured bottom right below with London mayor Sadiq Khan) filmed Louella overdosing on his mobile over a period of six hours.
Ceon Broughton's footage captured Louella screaming, trying to eat thorns and repeatedly shouting for him to call her mum.
During Broughton's trial, Winchester Crown Court heard that Broughton did not get help because he had been handed a suspended jail term a month earlier and feared the consequences.
Broughton even turned the camera on himself and can be seen smiling, playing with a fidget spinner toy and plugging his hoodie brand.
A still image was taken by him at 11.24pm showing Louella lifeless at his feet.
Miss Fletcher-Michie was found dead in woodland, 400m from the festival's hospital tent in the early hours of 11 September 2017, the day of her 25th Birthday.
Three judges at the Court of Appeal ruled to overturn the conviction.
During Broughton's trial, the jury was shown video footage shot by the rapper - who used the stage name CeonRPG - in which Miss Fletcher-Michie became "disturbed, agitated, and then seriously ill".
Broughton, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and supplying a class A drug at Winchester Crown Court in February last year.
Delivering the Court of Appeal's ruling today, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said the prosecution had failed to prove that Miss Fletcher-Michie could have lived if her boyfriend had called for help.
He added: "In respectful disagreement with the judge, we conclude that the appellant's main argument, that the case should have been withdrawn from the jury, is established.
"Taken at its highest, the evidence adduced by the prosecution was incapable of proving causation to the criminal standard of proof.
"The appeal against conviction for manslaughter must be allowed."
Lord Burnett said the jury had to rely on one expert's evidence when deciding if Broughton's actions contributed "significantly" to his girlfriend's death.
He said the expert had suggested Miss Fletcher-Michie would have had a 90% chance of survival if she had been given medical treatment at 21:10 - nearly five hours after she took the drug.
Given that the criminal standard of proof requires jurors to be sure "beyond reasonable doubt", Lord Burnett said the expert's evidence was "not enough" and therefore the issue of whether Broughton caused death by gross negligence should not have been for the jury to decide.
The court ruled there should not be a retrial for the manslaughter conviction - which accounted for seven years of Broughton's sentence.
His conviction for supplying his girlfriend with the class A drugs stands.
It is believed Broughton will now be released.