The Dorset police force has a man in custody for the alleged murder of a young woman at Bestival. The woman, who was found dead in a wooded area near the festival grounds in the early hours of Monday morning, was twenty five and is the daughter of Holby City actor, John Michie. The man in question is thought to have supplied Louella Michie with a class A drug that may have caused her death. Monday was her twenty-sixth birthday.
The man in custody, twenty-eight, is a dancer who Louella knew. Her father, in an interview with the Sun, told a reporter that “They were boyfriend and girlfriend,” and wanted to stress wholeheartedly that “It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident.”
Louella’s father also added “She never really did drugs” and was a positive, vibrant girl—her parents’ “angel.”
Music festivals often see cases of overdose and drug abuse. With lots of strangers milling about, proliferation of drugs and alcohol is inevitable. Wesleyan University had an episode two years ago in which multiple students had to be hospitalized from ingesting the same bad Molly. These incidents occur every now and then without discrimination. It is impossible to tell whether a drug is safe or not to ingest, especially at a crowded music festival at night. Those who take the drugs are victims, but those who supply them are not necessarily murderers. John Michie wants to be clear that Louella’s death was not a murder. The rest is up for the police to determine as they continue with their investigation.