A man who stabbed his girlfriend more than 30 times after eating a cannabis brownie has been cleared of murder.
Although Jake Notman, 28, was cleared of murder, he admitted to manslaughter on Wednesday (24 November) partway through his trial.
He has been jailed for eight years and eight months.
The car factory worker was unaware of ‘what was real and what was not when he ran over and attacked his partner Lauren Bloomer, 25 at their home in Tamworth, a trial at Stafford Crown Court was told.
Notman entered his guilty plea after prosecutors accepted psychiatric evidence, which included analysis of a 17-minute mobile phone recording made by the victim during the killing.
The phone call suggested that Notman was unattached from reality and could not have formed the intent required for murder.
Passing sentence, Mrs. Justice May said Notman had killed Miss Bloomer in ‘the most unexpected and frightful way’ during a two-and-a-half-minute attack.
The judge told the court: “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.”
Notman was seen by neighbors as he ran over his partner’s body.
He then dialed 999 at 1.32 am, telling the operator he had ‘been told I have killed my girlfriend’.
Commenting after the case, Mark Paul, of the CPS, said: “It is impossible to comprehend how much Lauren Bloomer’s family has suffered and will continue to suffer as a result of Lauren’s completely unnecessary killing. My heartfelt condolences continue to be with them.
“Notman had ingested cannabis which led to a psychotic episode.
“Three forensic consultant psychiatrists concluded Notman had experienced a highly unusual type of psychosis at the time of the killing, which meant that he could not form the intent to commit murder, even the type of intention that can still be formed when a person has consumed drugs or alcohol.
“This expert advice meant there was no longer a realistic chance of conviction for the original charge of murder, and Notman has now accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing of Lauren Bloomer by entering a guilty plea to manslaughter.
“We fully explained to Lauren’s family why the murder charge could not be pursued.”
Miss Bloomer’s family said in a statement: “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.
Sorry but that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The guys had a mental disorder and its not the weed
That’s stupid,kinda like calling the gun a killer
People are so unattached to reality anymore,sheep in a flock.
Cannabis does not make people kill! This is proof that reefer Madness is still going strong as the most powerful lie ever perpetuated on Americans!!! Harry Anslinger’s lie of a young boy killing his entire family with a hatchet under the influence of marijuana is the exact same type of LIE!!!
Live in Canada its legal and are citizens dont murder eachother
Yo excuse my language and let me start by saying this is bullshit a young girl loses her life to a fucking murderer and he is free and yall wanna blame pot?? Fuck that that guy needs to be in jail cause it had nothing to do with pot how many of yall kill people when you eat a pot brownie?? Maybe murder the food or pass out drooling and it is not cause he ate to much cause 99% of ppl that eat them eat to much its a fucking brownie this bullshit is a damn scheme to keep pot illegal and keep us under control. It’s a fucking tragedy what happened to her and now her family will never get peace cause some fuck tard politicians will use this as a poster to their war on crime campaign..put his ass in jail the plant didn’t stab any one 30 fucking times a psychopath did
ive eaten thousands of edibles, smoke joints and dabs, diamonds and sauce so on. never had an issue. if anything just makes me care free, gives me the munchies and may help me doze off. I do 1-2 grams of shatter on my way to work and the boss and workers have no clue. I find i do more precise machine work after getting stoned. who ever came up with his defense was sicker than him. jail and prison is bs also they get taken care of at the expense of$40,000-80,000 a year per inmate. they should do away with people that get 10 years or more just due to cost alone. us tax payers pay it all
Of course IT HAD TO BE THE WEED!!! I THINK NO MATTER WHAT THIS DUMBASS DID AS FAR AS DRINKING ALCOHOL OR ANYTHING ELSE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE FACTS ARE EDIBLES MAKE ME TIRED..NOT PSYCHOTIC!!!