PROSECUTORS won’t attraction a choice to quash the manslaughter conviction of a rapper who left the daughter of Holby Metropolis actor John Michie for lifeless in a recent blow for her household.
The CPS had been left shocked on the resolution to clear Ceon Broughton, 31, final month and mentioned on the time it was in touch with Louella Fletcher-Michie’s household and “contemplating the subsequent steps”.
Judges on the Excessive Courtroom quashed the sentence and mentioned there shouldn’t be a retrial for manslaughter over the loss of life of Ms Fletcher-Michie who died after taking 2-CP throughout Bestival in Dorset in 2017.
Karen Harrold, Head of the Enchantment & Evaluation Unit on the CPS, mentioned: “After cautious consideration of the Courtroom of Enchantment judgment within the Ceon Broughton case, the CPS will not be taking the matter additional.
“The Courtroom of Enchantment’s judgment concluded that there was not sufficient proof to show with certainty that the defendant’s failure to name for medical help resulted within the loss of life of Ms Fletcher Michie.
“The police and prosecution constructed the strongest case they might, which included an professional medical witness who mentioned it was considerably probably that with medical intervention Ms Fletcher-Michie would have survived.
“Nevertheless, the attraction judgment makes it clear that it have to be confirmed with certainty that it was an absence of medical intervention which was the reason for loss of life, and sadly there is no such thing as a additional proof accessible to offer the required certainty on this case.
“We now have met with the household of Ms Fletcher-Michie to elucidate this resolution in full and our ideas stay with them at this troublesome time.”
A supply mentioned: “That is simply one other hammerblow to the household. They had been left shocked on the resolution to quash the conviction and now this.”
NIGHT OF TRAGEDY
The manslaughter trial over Ms Fletcher-Michie’s loss of life had beforehand heard how Broughton took “sadistic pleasure” in giving girls medication then filming them spiralling uncontrolled – months earlier than the overdose loss of life of TV star’s daughter.
As February 2019 trial concluded, it was heard Broughton had a disturbing historical past of plying girlfriends with unlawful substances then capturing them struggling on his iPhone – as he did with the 24-year-old.
The drug-dealing musician was additionally mentioned to have an unhealthy curiosity in loss of life — with photos on his cellphone described as “grotesque” in courtroom of lifeless or dying folks.
As he was discovered responsible final 12 months, the younger girl’s dad – actor John Michie who stars in Holby Metropolis – learn out an emotional assertion, telling him: “You’re evil”.
“We started our life sentence on what would have been Louella’s 25th birthday.
“Ceon’s life sentence is realizing he didn’t assist Louella to stay.”
However on the attraction listening to, Broughton’s barrister Stephen Kamlish QC argued the conviction was unsafe as a result of prosecutors had “did not show” that Miss Fletcher-Michie would have survived had she acquired remedy by a sure level.
He additionally argued Broughton’s sentence was “extreme” in any occasion.
He argued: “The Crown can’t show, now or at trial, that she would have lived had see been handled.
“The appellant was making an attempt to get assist. So he can’t be described as criminally grossly negligent.”
He mentioned Broughton had felt unable to go away Miss Fletcher-Michie alone, in woods, whereas she was struggling a “unhealthy journey”, and he had not realised she was prone to loss of life.
The jury at Broughton’s trial had discovered him responsible of manslaughter by gross negligence.
He was additionally discovered responsible of supplying Ms Fletcher-Michie with 2C-P on the competition.
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Broughton beforehand admitted supplying medication to Miss Fletcher-Michie at Glastonbury competition, in June 2017, and was in breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed for possessing a lock knife and a Stanley knife blade.
Prosecutors instructed jurors throughout his trial that Broughton did not take “affordable” steps to hunt medical assist for Ms Fletcher-Michie.
They mentioned he didn’t get assist as a result of he had been handed the suspended jail time period a month earlier and feared the implications.