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A man who killed his girlfriend during a psychotic episode after eating a cannabis brownie has been jailed for eight years and eight months Jake Notman stabbed, strangled and ran over 25-year-old university student Lauren Bloomer at their home in Tamworth, Staffordshire, in the early hours of November 20 last year.

the defendant dialled 999 at 1.32am, telling the operator he had "been told i have killed my girlfriend".

Defence barrister Andrew Fisher QC made a brief address to the jury at the start of the trial, saying Notman had suffered an 'extreme florid psychiatric episode in the course of which he totally lost touch with reality and became wholly delusional '.

prosecutor deborah 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.

Notman made no comment in five police interviews, instead providing a statement suggesting the cannabis brownie- the first he had ever consumed- had something in it other than cannabis.

Explaining the Crown's decision to offer no evidence on the count of murder, prosecution QC Ben Douglas-Jones 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.

Jake Notman stabbed girlfriend Lauren Bloomer to death during a drug-induced psychosis (Picture: SWNS)

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

Ms Bloomer's family said in a statement "nothing can bring Lauren back to us or compensate for the heartache we feel".

"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," the judge added.

It is an illegal drug for good reason."

25-year-old university student Lauren Bloomer (above) was stabbed more than 30 times after seeking advice on the internet about a 'bad weed trip'

the judge accepted that notman, who has no previous convictions, had shown concern and remorse for the grief he had caused.

Ms Bloomer started recording on her phone after seeking online advice about the "bad weed trip" suffered by her boyfriend, the court heard.

notman entered his guilty plea after prosecutors accepted psychiatric evidence that notman was divorced from reality and could not have formed the intent required for murder.

notman, who works at the jaguar land rover car factory, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on wednesday, mid-way through his trial at stafford crown court.

Lauren was trying to help her boyfriend through the ‘bad weed trip’ when he turned on her (Picture: SWNS)

Notman became aggressive nine minutes into the recording, about a minute before his girlfriend is heard saying, "Please help me" to his aunt in a call on a second phone.

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

notman was then heard saying "i am going to make sure' before the sound of a revving engine was heard.

a thud was then recorded by the victim's phone as notman's ford kuga, an act that was witnessed by neighbours.

Forensic teams the victim's house collecting evidence after the early morning murder

passing sentence, mrs justice may said the 28-year-old car factory worker had killed ms bloomer, a mature student at nottingham university, in "the most unexpected and frightful way".

Neighbours saw him run over her body and not try to help her before heading back into their home, the prosecution said.

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