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JLR worker sentenced for manslaughter after killing girlfriend

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A Solihull car plant worker who killed his girlfriend during a psychotic episode has been jailed for more than eight years after admitting her manslaughter.

Jake Notman, 28, of Bingley Avenue, was sentenced to eight years and eight months' imprisonment for the manslaughter by unlawful act of 25-year-old university student Lauren Bloomer, 25, at Stafford Crown Court.

Notman, who worked at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, pleaded guilty to manslaughter during the sixth day of his trial yesterday (November 24) and was jailed later in the day.

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He pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the prosecution decided to offer no further evidence on an allegation of murder.

Miss Bloomer suffered more than 30 stab wounds in the attack carried out by Notman after he ate a cannabis brownie at the home they shared in Bingley Avenue, Tamworth on November 20 2020.

He then strangled her before running her over with his car.

At 1:32 am, Notman used Lauren's phone to call 999 and confessed that he had killed his girlfriend. He repeated his confession to a police officer a few minutes later.

Sadly, despite paramedics' efforts to save her life, Lauren was pronounced dead at 2:11 am.

She had significant injuries include a stab wound to her chest.

A custody photo of Jake Notman, who has admitted the manslaughter of his girlfriend Lauren Bloomer (Image: PA)

Lauren's family have 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.

"We ask that you please respect both our family and her friends' right to grieve in privacy at this really difficult time."

Prosecutor Deborah Gould said during the trial that Miss Bloomer "recorded her own murder" on a mobile phone after seeking advice on the internet about the "bad weed trip" suffered by Notman.

Ms Gould told the court: "It shows the defendant as he began to attack Lauren Bloomer, at first with his bare hands.

"She was just trying to care for him in this state of being disordered through cannabis.

"At the start of the recording you will hear her laughing and the defendant accusing her of laughing at him.

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"Something no doubt in the defendant's behaviour prompted Lauren to start recording on that mobile phone.

"The audio recorded Lauren's screams and it recorded her calls for help."

The recording heard Notman say "I am going to make sure" before the sound of a revving engine was heard and he ran over Miss Bloomer with his Ford Kuga.

At the start of the trial, defence barrister said Notman had suffered an "extreme florid psychiatric episode in the course of which he totally lost touch with reality and became wholly delusional."

Explaining the decision not to offer evidence on the murder charge, prosecutor Ben Douglas-Jones WC said: "All three experts agree that on the evidence, including the recording, the defendant's psychiatric reaction to cannabis is of such profundity that he could not discern what was real and what was not.

"In particular he could not discern whether Lauren Bloomer was alive or dead, or real or not.

"In other words, he could not discern whether or not he was with another human being."

"The Crown has reviewed the evidence at a high level within the CPS and has concluded with careful reflection that it is not possible to continue with the murder charge."

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