Holby City star John Michie thanks metal detectorist who found pendant of his late daughter Louella on a beach four years after 25-year-old died at Bestival
- John Michie lost a pendant with an image of daughter Louella while swimming
- Model and yoga instructor Louella had been found dead aged 25 in 2017
- Mr Michie, 64, was left devastated by the loss of the pendant earlier this year
- It was later discovered by metal detectorist and YouTuber Kris Rodgers
Metal detectorist Kris Rodgers with the lost pendant
Taggart and Holby City star John Michie has thanked a metal detectorist who found a precious memento of his late daughter on a beach.
The Scottish actor had lost a pendant featuring an image of daughter Louella’s face while swimming in the sea at Mermaid beach in Folkestone, Kent.
Model and yoga instructor Louella had been found dead aged 25 in woodland at the Bestival music festival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset in 2017.
Mr Michie, 64, was left devastated by the loss of the pendant earlier this year but it was later discovered by metal detectorist Kris Rodgers, a YouTube star who goes by the name Addicted to Bleeps.
Mr Rodgers often scours beaches in the south of England for lost treasures and contacted Michie online after making his discovery.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Hi, John. I’m a Metal Detectorist from Folkestone and have found a pendant with Louella’s picture on it and birthday/death on the back. Thought it responsible to reach out to you, and tell you I have it if you need it back.’
The actor replied: ‘Bless you that’s fantastic news – was so upset to have lost it. I’ll be in touch thank you.’
In a further tweet, he added: ‘Thanks a million *@AddictedToBleep for tracking me down after finding my precious Louella pendant on Mermaid Beach which I lost swimming in the sea. Bless you for your kindness and bleeps!’
Actor John Michie with daughter Louella Fletcher-Michie, who was tragically found dead aged 25 in woodland at the Bestival music festival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset in 2017
Louella died after boyfriend Ceon Broughton gave her a ‘bumped up’ dose of the hallucinogenic class A drug 2-CP at the Bestival music festival in September 2017.
He was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter and jailed for eight-and-a-half years following a trial at Winchester Crown Court.
During his trial, the court heard how Broughton, 32, filmed Louella as she lay dying rather than seeking help from a nearby medical tent.
However his conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal last year after his lawyers successfully argued that the jury could not be sure Louella would have survived if she had received medical attention.
Following the decision, Michie posted a photo online of his daughter holding a rose alongside the caption: ‘Truth stands / When The Law falls / Love is eternal.’
Actor Mr Michie and his wife Carol Fletcher-Michie at Winchester Crown Court on February 27, 2019, for the trial of dealer Ceon Broughton, 31
Broughton (left, pictured in February 2019) had his conviction overturned for the manslaughter of Miss Fletcher-Michie (right), who died after taking the drug 2C-P at Bestival
Broughton had originally been convicted after he shot harrowing footage of his younger girlfriend overdosing on his mobile phone for six hours, as she screamed ‘this ain’t acid. I was not expecting this’.
The videos appalled former Taggart star Mr Michie and wife Carol, who had welcomed Broughton into their home and thought he was innocent in the hours after Louella’s death in September 2017.
He was so trusted he had even spent Christmas at the Michies’ £1.2 million house in North London, worked with Louella’s brother Sam and had been a guest at Mr Michie’s 60th birthday dinner.
But in court the hostility between them was laid bare, with Mr Michie staring him down as he spoke from the witness box.
In heartbreaking evidence, he had declared ‘I think Louella loved Ceon. I’m not sure he loved her. I don’t know how you could ever say you loved someone if you left them to die in front of you’.
Later they unexpectedly met outside court proceedings and the father had told him ‘you’re evil, evil’, sparking Broughton into a rage where he threw a coffee table across a room and attacked a water cooler.
Louella was a keen festival goer and was at Bestival when she overdosed. Her boyfriend shot harrowing footage of his younger girlfriend overdosing on his mobile phone for six hours, as she screamed ‘this ain’t acid. I was not expecting this’
Broughton was so trusted by the Michie family he was invited to their family Christmas as well as John’s 60th birthday
Jurors at the 2019 Winchester Crown Court trial had sobbed as they viewed footage of Louella’s distress as the effects of the drug showed her at one point trying to eat thorns.
Clips showed musician Broughton turn his iPhone on himself at one point to show him smiling and playing with a fidget spinner toy and also plugging his hoodie brand.
During one 50-minute video Louella had yelled: ‘Make sure you’re filming this. Put a camera on me now. You better be f****** recording Ceon. Don’t f****** put this on YouTube.’
She had also repeatedly shouted for him to call her mum and when they were phoned the sound of their daughter overdosing was so harrowing they jumped in their car to carry out the 130-mile drive from London to the festival site in Lulworth Castle in Dorset. They tragically arrived too late to find her alive.
By 10.41pm that night footage showed Broughton holding Louella’s severely scratched hand, with a still image taken by him at 11.24pm appearing to show her lifeless at his feet.
But Broughton’s conviction was overturned after his barrister said prosecutors had ‘failed to prove’ that she would have survived had she received treatment by a certain point – the key point of the original case against him.
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