‘Vile’ kidnapper who left girlfriend unable to walk or talk faces review of seven-year jail sentence

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Angel Lynn suffered life-changing injuries
Angel Lynn suffered life-changing injuries

A man who left his teenage girlfriend unable to walk or talk after she fell out of a van at 60mph while being kidnapped faces a potential review of his sentence after being jailed for just seven and a half years.

Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, has received a complaint that the sentence handed out on Thursday to Chay Bowskill, 20, is unduly lenient.

She now has 28 days to examine the case before deciding whether to refer it to the Court of Appeal which would then decide if the sentence is unduly lenient and should be increased.

The family of his girlfriend, Angel Lynn, say they have been "given a life sentence" after the 19-year-old suffered life-changing injuries when she was hauled into the back of a van by Bowskill and later fell out of the vehicle onto a dual carriageway

She suffered a fractured skull and brain injuries that have left her requiring round-the-clock care.

Jurors at Leicester Crown Court were shown CCTV of the moment in September 2020 when Bowskill chased down the teenager as she walked off during an argument, before he bundled her into the vehicle driven by his accomplice, Rocco Sansome.

Footage shows Bowskill grabbing Ms Lynn from behind in a bear hug and carrying her across the road in the village of Mountsorrel in Leicestershire.

Paramedics attended the scene and Ms Lynn was taken to hospital but despite intensive medical intervention, she remains in hospital with life-changing injuries.

Prosecutors alleged Bowskill had thrown his partner out of the van but it could not be proved how she fell from the vehicle.

Bowskill and Sansome both denied kidnapping but were found guilty following a trial on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he was jailed for seven-and-a-half years while Sansome was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Chay Bowskill jailed for seven and half years for the kidnap of Angel Lynn - Leicestershire Police/SWNS
Chay Bowskill jailed for seven and half years for the kidnap of Angel Lynn - Leicestershire Police/SWNS

Ms Lynn’s family have criticised the length of imprisonment, with the teenager’s aunt Jackie Chamberlain saying: "We are disappointed that the sentence wasn't longer. We have been given a life sentence because Angel's injuries are so horrific.

"They will walk out after half their sentences are finished and get on with their lives. She's never going to get married, have children and have a normal life.

"She's in hospital and won't be able to come home without a lot of changes being made to the family's home."

Bowskill was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice but was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm

Judge Timothy Spencer QC described Bowskill as "vile", telling the defendant his treatment of his girlfriend was "degrading" and she was belittled to the point she must have "felt worthless".

The teenager’s father, Paddy Lynn, said: "I know that Angel will never get married now and I will never get to walk my daughter down the aisle.

"Nikki and I will never be grandparents to Angel's children. We don't know what the future holds for our daughter but we try to put smiles on our faces each day but inside our hearts are bleeding out.

"We'd like to thank all the officers involved in the investigation, our family liaison officers and our barrister, Mr Janes for their support throughout the last 16 months.

"They have all worked so hard and their dedication to Angel's case has been remarkable."

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."

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