RAPPER Ceon Broughton was jailed for eight-and-a-half years today for the killing of a young model at Bestival.

As reported, Broughton, 30, 'bumped up' girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie's dose of so-called party drug 2-CP on September 10 2017. He then filmed as she shouted for her mum and apparently ate thorns.

He may have continued recording after the 24-year-old died.

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Broughton played with a fidget spinner while recording Miss Fletcher-Michie 

Miss Fletcher-Michie fell ill in woodland just 400 metres from the medical tent on the last night of the festival.

Broughton had denied manslaughter, but was convicted following a trial at Winchester Crown Court. The defendant was also convicted of supplying Miss Fletcher-Michie with the drug.

This morning, Miss Fletcher-Michie's father, Holby City actor John Michie, said his daughter's life has been "cut cruelly short".

In a victim impact statement read aloud to the court, Mr Michie said: "I wake up every morning to face life starting again without Louella, our daughter, our sister, our friend, our family now broken.

"For what? It makes no sense, our beautiful Louella should still be with us on any measure of humanity.

"No more yoga with my daughter, no more running round the outside of the Arsenal stadium with my daughter, nor more family fun with my daughter, her life cut cruelly short."

He said his daughter had died a "lonely death".

"I go to bed every night with the trauma of Louella crying out to her mum and dad, her brother and sister to help her, but there was only ever one person who could have helped," he said.

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Miss Fletcher-Michie and Broughton at Bestival

Daisy Fletcher-Michie, the victim's sister, said that she had been diagnosed as having post-traumatic stress disorder and had suffered panic attacks.

She said: "Our lives have been torn apart by the actions of someone who was supposed to love Louella, the most-loved person I have known."

Miss Fletcher-Michie's mum Carol said: "Having to learn to live with this for the rest of our lives, it's thrown everything I believe in life into question."

She added of the defendant: "We do not think Ceon is evil, he was stupid, massively selfish and he lied."

Sentencing Broughton, the judge Mr Justice Goose told him: "You were only concerned for yourself. You didn't want to be arrested, you were more in fear of that than in getting help."

It can now be reported that Broughton allegedly had a history of giving women drugs and filming them.

He also had an interest in images of "death" which he kept on his phone, it was claimed.

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Louella Fletcher-Michie

Jurors were unaware that during the trial prosecutors sought to submit further evidence which they alleged revealed Broughton's "pattern of behaviour" and supported their case.

During legal arguments held in the jury's absence, prosecutor William Mousley QC said two short video clips were found on Broughton's phone showing him giving drugs to a woman and "exhorting her to take more".

The clips played in court, taken in Toronto, Canada, in April 2017, showed an unnamed woman being offered a substance on a spoon by Broughton which she sniffed.

In one clip Broughton said: "No, no, you have to do more." The woman snorted from the spoon again.

The court also heard that a woman named Paulina Aberg, who lives in Sweden, claimed Broughton photographed her after she banged her head while taking drugs.

"The defendant gave what is described as a whole lot of drugs to a girlfriend as a result of which she suffered a bad reaction, falling and hurting herself," Mr Mousley said.

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An image of where Miss Fletcher-Michie's body was found

He said Ms Aberg found an image of her on Broughton's phone which she deleted.

"She also says over and above that specific incident that she was aware that the defendant had images of people suffering, including suffering death, on his phone in which he appeared to have some interest," he added.

Mr Mousley said the potential evidence was "capable of establishing a pattern of behaviour which supported the prosecution case".

Broughton's lawyer, Stephen Kamlish QC, said Ms Aberg's claims about her fall were "not true".

"Whether or not the defendant was with her when it happened, he didn't know she was hurt because she has to tell him," Mr Kamlish said.

He said there was evidence that Broughton offered to get her help, adding that Ms Aberg was "full of resentment" towards him.

Mr Kamlish argued the evidence might make the jury think Broughton "took an unhealthy pleasure in Louella's suffering", which had "never" been the case.

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Miss Fletcher-Michie's father John Michie outside Winchester Crown Court 

He said Miss Fletcher-Michie had wanted to take drugs at Bestival and Broughton had admitted providing her with some on a previous occasion.

"This has never been the case of the defendant forcing drugs on anyone, they go off to take drugs together because she wants to," he added.

"Neither the footage or Ms Aberg's evidence prove that they didn't buy themselves their own drugs sometimes."

Mr Kamlish also questioned why it was "relevant" whether somebody might take a "morbid interest" in the images Ms Aberg described.

In a written ruling given to the Press Association, judge Mr Justice Goose said he rejected the bad character application but made no decision on the "truth or credibility" of the evidence.

He said the video clips "offer little, if anything to assist the jury" because the type and supply of the drug being offered was unclear.

The judge added there was "no doubt the deceased wanted to take drugs" at Bestival and Broughton had already admitted supplying drugs to her in June 2017.

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