Man who stabbed girlfriend 30 times after weed brownie cleared of murder
A man who stabbed, and then ran over his girlfriend, has been cleared of murder because he was too high on "space cake" to know "what was real and what was not".
Jake Notman, who admitted manslaughter at Stafford Crown Court this week, stabbed girlfriend Lauren Bloomer 30 times and then ran her over.
Prosecutors had claimed that he intended to kill, but he was cleared of murder on Wednesday after his legal team argued that he had “totally lost touch with reality”.
He claims to have eaten a cannabis brownie, in celebration of getting his hands on a PlayStation 5 console.
It was then claimed that he became paranoid and launched an attack on Ms Bloomer, which included strangling her, BirminghamLive reports.
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Just before the attack, Ms Bloomer, of Birmingham, searched online for "bad trips" due to his behaviour.
Judge Mrs Justice May, told jurors that it was agreed Notman "attacked and killed" Miss Bloomer, but that his "thought processes were seriously disturbed".
Representing the Bloomer family, a lawyer said: "Tragically, it looked like something out of the movie Scream.
"Lauren activated her telephone, she was not to know she was about to record her murder."
According to call recordings, Notman can be heard claiming that he was going to "f****** murder" her.
Having been stabbed while trying to escape the house, she lay "defenceless" outside the home, and was driven over with "deliberate precision".
Defending Notman, Andrew Fisher QC said that the pair were both gamers and were celebrating at the start of what turned out to be a terrible evening.
He claimed that neither of the pair drank or did drugs, but had decided to have "weed brownies" in celebration – which went "horrendously wrong".
The attack was put down to an "extra florid psychotic episode," and he is due to be sentenced later today.
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