Holby City actor says 'the law has fallen' as he slams decision to free ...

A Holby City actor has said 'truth stands when the law falls' as he blasted the decision to free the drug-dealing rapper who gave his daughter a fatal overdose at Bestival after his manslaughter conviction was quashed.

Dealer Ceon Broughton, 31, supplied John Michie's daughter Louella Fletcher-Michie with the hallucinogenic 2-CP at Bestival in Dorset but was released from prison on August 18 after his eight-year sentence was overturned. 

Mr Michie waited a month before responding to the news online, as he posted a photo of his daughter holding a rose alongside the caption: 'Truth stands / When The Law falls / Love is eternal'.

In the image Louella holds a red rose towards the camera lens while wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap.

Holby City actor John Michie waited a month before responding to the news that the man who supplied his daughter with a fatal overdose had been freed. He posted a photo of his daughter holding a rose alongside the caption: 'Truth stands / When The Law falls / Love is eternal'

Holby City actor John Michie waited a month before responding to the news that the man who supplied his daughter with a fatal overdose had been freed. He posted a photo of his daughter holding a rose alongside the caption: 'Truth stands / When The Law falls / Love is eternal'

Broughton walked free after a Court of Appeal judge ruled prosecutors failed to prove she could have lived if he had called for help. 

The ruling was a described as a 'kick in the teeth' which had added to Louella's family's continued agony over her death.

A family source told MailOnline: ‘To say the family is devastated is an understatement. It’s been difficult enough coming to terms with Louella’s loss and now she’s been denied justice.

‘The justice system has let her and the family down. This decision is a kick in the teeth which has just added to our pain. It’s wrong and doesn’t make sense.’ 

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

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, last year

Louella Fletcher-Michie

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 pictured with girlfriend Miss Fletcher-Michie, who died in September 2017 just hours before her 25th birthday

Broughton pictured with girlfriend Miss Fletcher-Michie, who died in September 2017 just hours before her 25th birthday

He was originally 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'.

Timeline of the police probe into Louella Fletcher-Michie's death

September 11, 2017: Louella Fletcher-Michie was found dead in a wooded area at Bestival at about 1am

September 13, 2017: Ceon Broughton is arrested on suspicion of her murder and supplying a class A drug before being released under investigation

February 23, 2018: Broughton is rearrested on suspicion of her manslaughter

March 23, 2018: Broughton appears for the first time over the charge at Poole Magistrates' Court 

July 26, 2018: Broughton pleads not guilty to manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court

February 4, 2019: Broughton's trial begins at Winchester Crown Court

February 28, 2019: Trial jury begin their deliberations and find him guilty later that day

March 1, 2019: Broughton is jailed for eight-and-a-half years

August 18. 2019: Court of Appeal overturns Broughton's conviction and he walks free from prison 

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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. 

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. 

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'

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

Broughton was so trusted by the Michie family he was invited to their family Christmas as well as John's 60th birthday

Broughton in one of the videos he shot while Louella was overdosing in front of him

Broughton in one of the videos he shot while Louella was overdosing in front of him

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.

After the appeal hearing Broughton's lawyers said he remained 'devastated' by Louella's death.

In a statement, they said: 'The Court of Appeal has today found that Louella's death occurred not as a result of criminal negligence but was instead a tragic accident.

'Ceon remains devastated by her death.

'He has always wished that he could have done more to save her.

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'He loved Louella and she him, but he knows that no words will

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