Boyfriend who ran over and stabbed partner 30 times after eating cannabis brownie, purged of murder

A 27-year-old man who stabbed his girlfriend and drove over with his car during a ‘psychotic episode’ after consuming a space cake has been cleared of murder.

Cannabis user Jake Notman pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Stafford Crown Court after jurors heard him inflict more than 30 stab wounds on college student Lauren Bloomer, who was studying at their home on Bingley Avenue due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Prosecutors had claimed that Notman intended to kill, but he was acquitted of murder on Wednesday, November 24, after the Crown accepted that his mental state meant there was no realistic prospect of a conviction for the charge because he was not aware of, “what was real and what was not”.

The car factory worker, whose legal team claimed he had “totally lost touch with reality” after eating a cannabis brownie, is expected to be convicted later today (November 24).

The court was told that the couple, who were gamers, had celebrated the ‘delayed’ release of the PlayStation 5 console with cannabis brownies in their bedroom when Notman became paranoid and violent towards her

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Prosecutors say he unleashed an insane attack on Mrs Bloomer, beating her, strangling her and stabbing her 30 times – including in the eyes and face – before driving over her ‘defenseless’ body with his Ford.

Shortly before the assault took place, Mrs Bloomer – who was from Birmingham – had become so concerned about her boyfriend’s behavior that she made internet searches about ‘bad trips’, said Miss Deborah Gould, junior prosecutor for the Crown.



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Mrs Bloomer had also called Notman’s relatives – his aunt and uncle – who recorded the events leading up to her murder, where she was heard begging for help and saying ‘Jake, I love you’, Miss Gould said.

The judge, the Honorable Mrs. Justice May, told jurors that it had been agreed that Notman would attack and kill Miss Bloomer, saying his “thought processes” were “severely disrupted”.

When he opened the case, Miss Gould said, “Lauren Bloomer was in a relationship with this defendant. He was high on cannabis, after consuming a cannabis brownie.

“Tragically, it looked like something from the movie Scream.

“Lauren turned on her phone, she did not know she was recording her murder.”

It was heard that Notman may have become aggressive because he thought Mrs. Bloomer had laughed at him.



Lauren Mae Bloomer, 25, from Birmingham.

On the phone call, Mrs. Bloomer was heard screaming several times while Notman could be heard saying ‘I want to fucking murder you’, Miss Gould said.

The court was told that Notman ‘grabbed Lauren’s hair’, causing her concern, which made her ‘very scared’.

Miss Gould said Notman went down into the kitchen, passed the living room, and took a kitchen knife.

Then he ‘confronted Lauren’, where she ‘went to the front door’ and he ‘continued to stab her’.

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Miss Gould said Lauren lay ‘defenseless’ on the driveway outside the property.

Notman then took some car keys, opened the door to his Ford, ‘placed himself behind the wheel’ and ‘then switched on the ignition’ before ‘driving all over her body with deliberate precision’, prosecutors said.

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Defendant Notman, Mr Andrew Fisher QC, said the couple had celebrated the ‘terrible’ night together on the launch of the ‘new PS5’ as they had both been ‘gamers’.

He said: “(They) had a celebration of the long-delayed release of the new PS5 PlayStation.

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“They had a party and decided to eat with brownies.

“Neither drank alcohol nor smoked. Tragically, it all went horribly wrong.”

Mr. Fisher said his client became paranoid, adding that Notman even “asked her to kill him repeatedly before he then horribly killed her in the most horrific way imaginable.

“Jake Notman suffered from an extra thriving psychotic episode.”

Sir. Fisher said Notman at the time was ‘eerily psychotic’ and ‘did not know the true nature of his actions’.

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