Angel Lynn’s mother says her kidnappers’ sentences should be DOUBLED
The mother of a teenager left paralysed and unable to talk after plunging from a van when she was kidnapped off the street by her boyfriend and his friend want their sentences doubled as she revealed life after her ordeal.
Angel Lynn was only 19 when Chay Bowskill, 20, bundled her into the transit being driven by accomplice Rocco Sansome, also 20.
The shocking daylight kidnap happened in Rothley, Leicestershire, in September 2020 after an argument.
In January Bowskill and Sansome received paltry jail terms of seven-and-a-half years and 21 months respectively.
Now mother Nikki told Sky News: ‘I am disgusted with the sentences. Seeing her like this kills me every day.
‘I worry every day about not being here anymore, who is going to look out for her?’
‘She was really bubbly, she loved going out for meals with her friends. She used to take pride in herself, she always looked nice.
Bowskill (pictured) and Sansome both denied kidnap but were found guilty after trial. Bowskill was jailed for seven-and-a-half years while Sansome was sentenced to 21 months in prison
Shocking CCTV footage (left and right) shows Angel Lynn, 19, being forced into a van by 20-year-old Chay Bowskill, her boyfriend at the time
Angel Lynn (pictured), 19, suffered life-changing injuries after she fell from a van. She was found injured in the carriageway of the A6 near Loughborough on September 17, 2020
‘I miss everything about her, doing things together, running in and out of the house how she does, everything, cheekiness, she’s just so funny, so kind. I miss her all together I’m just scared I won’t get my Angel back.
‘I think she might know me when I try and get her to give me a kiss, if I put my cheek out, she purses her lips but it takes all her energy, it’s rare.’
Both sentences are being probed if they were ‘unduly lenient’ by Attorney General Suella Braverman.
At trial, Angel’s best friend told the court how her ‘outgoing and chirpy’ nature changed and she became ‘a different person’ after beginning her year-long relationship with Bowskill.
She told the jury: ‘As it went on you could tell things weren’t the same between them.’
She said Bowskill called his girlfriend ‘vile names’ and sent ‘constant text messages’.
She added: ‘Chay told her she wasn’t allowed out and wasn’t allowed to meet me.
‘I said plenty of times to leave him, I told her to leave three or four times a week. She was being controlled.’
Angel Lynn has released footage of her in bed after her kidnapping ordeal by her ex’s hand
Angel’s friend told a jury at trial that Bowskill called his girlfriend ‘vile names’ and sent ‘constant text messages’, adding that she was ‘being controlled’ (Pictured: Angel Lynn)
Angel’s aunt said the teen’s family have had to become doctors and nurses to provide round-the-clock care, adding that her mother is ‘the strongest person I know’ (Pictured: Angel with her mother Nikki)
Jurors were also shown shocking CCTV footage of Bowskill chasing Angel across a road after she walked off during an argument.
The harrowing video, taken in Mountsorrel, shows Bowskill grabbing Angel from behind and carrying her back across the road before bundling her into a van.
Angel then fell out of the vehicle, which was driven by Sansome, at around 10.45am as it travelled at 60mph, before she was found by horrified members of the public.
Paramedics attended the scene and Angel was taken to hospital but despite intensive medical intervention, she remains in hospital with life-changing injuries.
The kidnap happened after Angel, who was originally lawfully driving the van, picked up Bowskill and Sansome, before getting into an argument with Bowskill and walking off.
The court heard that moments before she walked off, Bowskill admitted telling Angel he ‘hated’ her and never wanted to see her again, Leicestershire Live reported.
Detectives uncovered the footage of Angel being forced into the van, before it was driven away at speed by 20-year-old Sansome. Both men were later arrested.
Bowskill, of Syston, Leicestershire, was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice.
He was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm after it became unclear how Angel had left the van.
The defence claimed that Angel jumped or accidentally fell on to the road, while the prosecution failed to prove that she was pushed or thrown.
Sansome, of Birstall, Leicestershire, admitted possession of cannabis and driving the van while unfit through cannabis use, according to Leicestershire Live.
On Wednesday, Bowskill was jailed for seven-and-a-half years while Sansome was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Sentencing, Judge Timothy Spencer QC told Bowskill: ‘She [Angel] was a beautiful young woman who should have been enjoying the carefree years of her late-teens into early adulthood.
‘You treated her in a vile way. She was belittled by you to a point where she must have felt worthless on a regular basis.
‘You bombarded her with repulsive and degrading messages. You controlled her freedom of movement by a variety of means.
‘She wasn’t allowed any sort of life apart from you. I’m satisfied you meted out violence to her, causing bruising, on at least two occasions.’
Regarding perverting the court of justice, the judge told Bowskill that he was ‘selfishly obsessed with your own predicament’ and ‘made desperate efforts’ to get his mother to retract her police statement.
He told Bowskill: ‘Your mother comes out of this with no credit – it was disgraceful conduct with her giving lying evidence in court about Angel and the police.
‘You should be ashamed of your vile and demeaning conduct towards your mother, seeking to get her to perjure herself – because it was you who brought her to this very low ebb.’
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team, said: ‘Angel is a young woman who had plans and aspirations in place and the rest of her life to look forward to.
‘Because of the extent of her injuries she now faces constant medical treatment and round the clock care.
‘Her family remain devastated by what has happened and I praise the strength and bravery they have shown and continue to demonstrate to this day.
‘No verdict or subsequent sentence can make up for the quality of life this young woman has lost.
‘I can only hope that in time her family can find some comfort knowing justice has been done.’