A man who bundled a woman into a van in Mountsorrel minutes before she was found seriously injured on the A6 has been convicted of kidnap.
Chay Bowskill, 20, was found guilty yesterday (25 January) following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
Bowskill, of Empingham Drive, Syston, was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice. He was found not guilty of a charge of section 18 grievous bodily harm.
A second man, Rocco Sansome, 20, of Wanlip Lane, Birstall, was also found guilty of kidnap.
Both were sentenced at the same court today (26 January).
Bowskill was sentenced to a total of seven-and-a-half years in prison, while Sansome was sentenced to 21 months in prison. At around 10.45am on Thursday 17 September 2020, members of public approached officers after they came across 19-year-old Angel Lynn lying seriously injured in the carriageway of the A6 near Loughborough. At the same time, the force control room also started to receive a number of calls from concerned members of the public – unaware of what had happened - reporting that they had seen something in the road as they travelled past. Colleagues from the East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene and the Angel was taken to hospital. Despite intensive medical intervention she remains in hospital with life-changing injuries. Our investigation uncovered that shortly before being found injured, Angel was seen exiting a silver transit van which had pulled up in Loughborough Road in Mountsorrel.
Bowskill followed her out of the van, forcibly picked her up in the street and carried her back into the van.
The vehicle which was being driven by a Sansome then swiftly left the area at speed.
At some point in the journey after, Angel exited the vehicle while it travelled along the A6.
Further enquiries later identified the man who carried out the kidnap was Bowskill – who was Angel’s boyfriend - while the driver was Sansome.
Both men were arrested at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team was the senior investigating officer.
He 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.”
Family of kidnap victim issue statement
Statement issued on behalf of Angel Lynn’s family following the conviction of two men involved in her kidnap.
Angel’s father, Paddy, said: “Our lives have been changed beyond recognition forever. Angel was so full of life and had such a great future ahead of her. That future has sadly been taken away from her.
“The catastrophic injuries Angel suffered will mean life will never be the same for her or our family. Every day is not only a huge struggle for Angel but also a huge struggle for our family and friends. We are lucky in some ways as we are a close family, we have lots of lovely friends who help us and people that care in other ways.
“We try to remain strong but we know that every day will be difficult and a struggle for us all especially for Angel. 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.”
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