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Bestival drugs death: Accused Ceon Broughton 'erratic'

Louella Fletcher-Michie Image copyright Zoe Barling/PA Wire
Image caption Louella Fletcher-Michie was found dead in a wooded area on the edge of the Bestival site

A man accused of killing his girlfriend at a music festival appeared "erratic" before her body was found, a court has heard.

Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, died after taking drugs at Bestival in Dorset in September 2017.

Her boyfriend Ceon Broughton, 29, denies manslaughter and supplying the Class A drug 2CP.

Security guards told the court about the search for her in thick woodland.

Aidan Lawrence was on duty at a bar on the site when Mr Broughton approached him and said his girlfriend was lost.

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Image caption The jury has heard Mr Broughton has admitted supplying 2CP to Ms Fletcher-Michie and her friend at Glastonbury in 2017

He said Mr Broughton had told him: "We walked into the woods. She started to trip real bad. I gave her my jacket."

The security guard added: "Ceon was very restless, what I would say erratic. He kept wanting to run off."

Giving evidence, fellow security guard Craig Welsh said he met Ms Fletcher-Michie's parents, who had rushed down from London, at a gate at the Lulworth Castle site just before midnight on 10 September.

When the control centre refused to let them in, he offered to borrow their phone to find a pin drop location with another guard, he said.

After searching an area of "thick forest" outside the festival site with torches, they eventually spotted Ms Fletcher-Michie lying lifeless on the ground shortly before 01:00.

He said: "Her eyes were open. Her knees were drawn up to her chest and to one side. A jacket... was placed over the top of her."

Previously the prosecution told the court the defendant did little to help Ms Fletcher-Michie for six hours, because he was already on a suspended sentence and feared a possible prison term.

Mr Broughton has already pleaded guilty to supplying 2CP to Ms Fletcher-Michie and her friend at Glastonbury Festival in 2017.

The trial continues.

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Image caption John Michie and wife Carol Fletcher-Michie, seen here leaving court, drove to the Bestival site to try and help their daughter

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