Cannabis killer cleared of murder after he stabbed, strangled and ran over his partner

A cannabis user who stabbed, strangled and run over his partner during a psychotic episode was acquitted of murder after admitting manslaughter.

Jake Notman inflicted more than 30 stab wounds on 25-year-old college student Lauren Bloomer after he died in the early hours of Friday November 20th.

The 27-year-old car factory worker denied murdering Miss Bloomer, claiming that his mental condition meant he was improper.

Notman pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of manslaughter on Wednesday – the sixth day of his trial in Stafford Crown Court – after prosecutors decided not to add any further evidence of a murder charge.

The trial heard that Miss Bloomer recorded “her own murder” on a cell phone after consulting the Internet about Notman’s “bad cannabis trip”.

Prosecutor Deborah Gould opened the case last week and told jurors that Miss Bloomer had activated her phone to record what was happening “like something from the Scream movie.”

Describing what was seen or heard on the nearly 17 minute long recording that began while the couple were in a bedroom, Ms. Gould told the court, “It shows the defendant as he started attacking Lauren Bloomer, initially with his bare hands.

“She was just trying to take care of him in this state of cannabis mess.

“At the beginning of the recording you can hear her laughing and the defendant accuses her of laughing at him.”

Notman, the jury heard, was getting aggressive nine minutes after the recording began, about a minute before Miss Bloomer heard Miss Bloomer say “Please help me” on a second phone call to his aunt.

Ms. Gould added, “Something without a doubt about the defendant’s behavior caused Lauren to start recording on this cell phone.

“The audio recorded Lauren’s screams and cries for help.”

Notman then said, “I’ll be sure,” before the sound of an engine revving up could be heard.

A thump was then recorded on the victim’s phone as Notman’s Ford Kuga was driven over them.

The defendant, who worked for Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull, was seen by neighbors running over his partner’s body and taking no steps to help her before returning to their home.

Then he dialed 999 at 1:32 am and told the operator that he had “been told that I had killed my girlfriend”.

Notman made no comment in five police interviews, instead making a statement suggesting that the cannabis brownie – the first he had ever consumed – contained something other than cannabis.

Defense attorney Andrew Fisher QC gave a brief address to the jury at the start of the trial, saying that Notman had “had an extremely florid psychiatric episode in which he became completely delusional and completely delusional”.

To explain the Crown’s decision not to produce evidence of the murder, QC Ben Douglas-Jones said that three psychiatrists tasked with evaluating Notman had ruled that he could not have intended the charges to prove.

Mr Douglas-Jones told the court, “All three experts agree that the defendant’s psychiatric response to cannabis, based on the evidence, including the record, was so profound that he could not tell what was real and what was not.

“In particular, he couldn’t tell whether Lauren Bloomer was alive or dead, or real or not. In other words, he couldn’t tell if he was with another person or not.

“The Crown has reviewed the high-level evidence within the CPS and, after careful consideration, has come to the conclusion that it is not possible to continue the murder charges.”

Notman is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday.

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