The devastated mother of a 25-year-old woman killed by her boyfriend – who stabbed her 30 times and drove over her body – says she is still haunted by her daughter’s screams for help.
University student Lauren Bloomer was killed by Jake Notman, 28, in a frenzied attack while he suffered a psychotic episode at their home in Bingley Avenue, in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire, on November 20 last year.
Miss Bloomer recorded the attack on her phone when she called the relatives of Notman – who had consumed a weed brownie – and pleaded for help as he began attacking her inside their house and continued doing so in the street.
Notman was sentenced yesterday, November 24, at Stafford Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter part way through his trial.
Miss Deborah Gould, junior prosecutor for the Crown, read out a victim impact statement to the court from Miss Bloomer’s family before he was jailed.
The heart-breaking victim impact statement, from Miss Bloomer’s mother, said: “Lauren was our world, she was the cement that held us together.
“The guiding voice of excitement with Halloween and Christmas, a truly talented artist and creator of pranks and all-round fun. Her laugh was so loud and contagious.
“The colours have truly drained from our world.
“I feel I need to be strong for so many people, when all I really want to do is curl up in a ball and cry but I’m frightened I’ll never stop or get up again.
“The horror of hearing you scream for help replays over and over in my mind.
“I feel physically sick thinking of the pain and terror you must have felt while you fought and pleaded for your life as he knelt over you screaming obscenities.
“Everyday doing nothing is exhausting and I feel so ashamed that I’m not able to get back to some normality.”
Notman was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court eight years and eight months in jail.
That plea was accepted by The Crown – who initially claimed Notman intended to kill Miss Bloomer – after evidence from psychiatrists was examined in further detail and indicated there would be no realistic prospect of a conviction for the charge because he suffered a psychotic episode during the attack.
Notman will be eligible for release on license from prison two-thirds into his sentence, which will be in five years and nine months time.
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