Boyfriend who stabbed partner 30 times while high on cannabis brownie cleared of murder
The couple consumed cannabis to celebrate the release of the PlayStation 5 console
A boyfriend who stabbed his partner more than 30 times and ran her over with his car after eating a cannabis brownie has been cleared of her murder.
Jake Notman repeatedly knifed his 25-year-old girlfriend, Lauren Bloomer, after experiencing a "psychotic episode" at his Tamworth, Staffordshire home last year.
The 27-year-old was jailed for more than eight years on Wednesday after admitting a charge of manslaughter.
A court this week heard Bloomer 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 avid gamers consumed cannabis to celebrate the release of the PlayStation 5 console on November 20 last year, then Notman "totally lost touch with reality".
Notman turned on his girlfriend and grabbed her around the neck shouting: "I will f***ing murder you".
The car factory worker then armed himself with a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed the university student as she told him: "Jake, I love you."
Then, as Lauren lay defenceless on the drive outside the house, Notman drove over her body with his Ford Kuga.
Notman used Lauren’s phone to call 999 at 1.32am and confessed that he had killed his girlfriend.
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Despite paramedics’ efforts to save her life, Lauren was pronounced dead less than an hour later, at 2.11am, after suffering significant injuries, including a stab wound to her chest.
A pathologist concluded that Lauren, of Birmingham, died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries.
Notman went on trial at Stafford Crown Court accused of murder, which he was cleared of on Wednesday. He admitted manslaughter and was jailed for eight years and eight months.
In a statement after the trial, Lauren’s family said: “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, said: “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.”