The heartbroken mother of a woman who was stabbed 30 times and run over by her own boyfriend says she is still being tortured by her daughter’s terrified screams for help.
Lauren Bloomer, 25, was killed by her partner Jake Notman, 28, in a brutal assault while witnessing a psychotic episode at their home in Tamworth, Straffordshire on November 20 last year.
The college student took up the horrific ordeal as she tried to contact relatives of her boyfriend – who had eaten a weed brownie – and begged for help when he viciously started attacking her in their house and later out on the street.
Notman was convicted yesterday, Nov. 24, at Stafford Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the middle of his trial.
Miss Deborah Gould, junior prosecutor for the Crown, read out a statement about the victim in court from Miss Bloomer’s family before he was jailed.
The heartbreaking victim impact statement from Miss Bloomer’s mother said, “Lauren was our world, she was the cement that held us together.
“The guiding voice for excitement with Halloween and Christmas, a truly talented artist and creator of pranks and versatile fun. Her laughter was so loud and contagious.
“The colors are really drained from our world.
“I feel like I have 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 afraid I’ll never stop or get up again.
“The fear of hearing you scream for help is repeated over and over in my mind.
“I feel physically ill by thinking of the pain and horror you must have felt while fighting and begging for your life while kneeling over you and screaming obscenities.
“Every day doing nothing is exhausting and I feel so ashamed that I am not able to return to some normality.”
Notman was sentenced by Stafford Crown Court to eight years and eight months in prison.
This plea was accepted by The Crown – which initially claimed that Notman intended to kill Miss Bloomer – after evidence from psychiatrists had been examined in more detail and indicated that 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 of his sentence, which will be in five years and nine months.