Man who killed girlfriend after eating cannabis brownie jailed for 8 years

A KILLER boyfriend who stabbed his partner and ran her over repeatedly during a "psychotic episode" has been jailed for eight years.

Jake Notman, 27, plunged a blade into the body of 25-year-old Lauren Bloomer more than 30 times at his home in Staffordshire last year after he had eaten a cannabis brownie.

A court heard that the young woman even filmed the brutal attack "like something out of the movie Scream" after she had earlier looked up how to deal with a "bad weed trip."

The pair, who were both said to be avid gamers, had earlier taken cannabis at the property in Tamworth to celebrate the release of the PlayStation 5 on November 20.

But after he "totally lost touch with reality" he turned on his girlfriend and grabbed her around the neck shouting at her: "I will f***ing murder you".

Details then emerged that factory worker Notman had armed himself with a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed university student Lauren despite her desperate pleas.

Then, as the 25-year-old lay defenceless on the drive outside the house, he was said to have driven over her body with his Ford Kuga.

As the drugs wore off, Notman used Lauren's phone to call 999 at at 1.32am and confessed that he had killed his girlfriend.

Despite paramedics' efforts to save her life, Lauren was pronounced dead just 30 minutes later after suffering significant injuries – including a stab wound to her chest.

A pathologist concluded that she had died of a result of multiple sharp force injuries.

Notman went on trial at Stafford Crown Court and denied charges of murder.

But on Wednesday, part-way through his trial, he admitted to manslaughter as well as stabbing his girlfriend 30 times.

He was subsequently jailed for eight years and eight months.

The 27-year-old car dealer entered his guilty plea after prosecutors accepted psychiatric evidence that he was divorced from reality and could not have formed the intent required for murder.


Passing sentence, Mrs Justice May said Notman had killed the university student, in "the most unexpected and frightful way" during a two-and-a-half minute attack.

The judge said: "I am quite sure that the psychotic state which Jake Notman was in was at least in part a response to the cannabis which he had taken.

"There is an obvious lesson that cannabis can be very dangerous. It is an illegal drug for good reason."

Lauren's family said in a statement after the verdict: "As Lauren's family we feel that regardless of the outcome of the trial, nothing can bring Lauren back to us or compensate for the heartache we feel.

"We ask that you please respect both our family and her friends' right to grieve in privacy at this really difficult time."

Detective Chief Inspector Bev Matthews, of Staffordshire Police, added: "This was a tragic case and we'd like to offer our condolences to Lauren's family and friends.

"Lauren's family have shown patience and dignity throughout the investigation and trial."

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
  • Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm or email [email protected]

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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