Angel Lynn: kidnapper who bundled girlfriend into van has sentence increased to 12 years

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Angel Lynn was found seriously injured on a dual carriageway and her family say her injuries mean life will ‘never be the same’ for her

A kidnapper who bundled his girlfriend into a van before she was found seriously injured has had his seven-and-a-half year sentence increased by Court of Appeal judges.

Chay Bowskill, then aged 20, of Syston, Leicestershire, was jailed for seven and a half years in January after being convicted of kidnap, coercive and controlling behaviour, and perverting the course of justice, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

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His accomplice, Rocco Sansome, then also aged 20, of Birstall, Leicestershire, was also found guilty of kidnap and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Angel Lynn, 19, was found with serious injuries on a dual carriageway (Leicestershire Police / Family handout)Angel Lynn, 19, was found with serious injuries on a dual carriageway (Leicestershire Police / Family handout)
Angel Lynn, 19, was found with serious injuries on a dual carriageway (Leicestershire Police / Family handout) | Leicestershire Police / Family handout

Their victim, Angel Lynn, then aged 19, was later found lying seriously injured in the carriageway of the A6 near Loughborough, Leicestershire Police said.

After the hearing her family spoke of their relief Bowskill’s sentence had been increased.

What happened during the court hearing?

Bowskill’s total sentence was increased to 12 years by senior judges on Wednesday, after they concluded his original term for the kidnap was not long enough.

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His two-year sentence for coercive and controlling behaviour and two-year-and-three month sentence for perverting the course of justice, which were previously consecutive, have been made concurrent.

Members of Ms Lynn’s family gasped as the judge told the court of the increased sentence.

Bowskill, who appeared over a video-link from prison wearing a grey sweatshirt, shook his head as he heard the result.

The judge said Sansome’s sentence “should have been longer” but that, in all the circumstances, including the fact he is close to being released, the court decided not to alter it.

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Giving a summary of their decision, Dame Victoria Sharp said: “We have concluded that the sentence passed on him for the kidnap was unduly lenient.”

She said the original term “failed to reflect the seriousness of the kidnap” and the harm caused to Ms Lynn as a result.

Dame Victoria told the court Bowskill had been in a relationship with Ms Lynn for about a year before the incident, and he behaved in a coercive and controlling manner towards her throughout that time, threatening her with violence on a number of occasions.

The judge said he tried to intimidate his own mother into retracting a statement she gave to police about his behaviour towards Ms Lynn following the kidnap.

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What happened to Angel Lynn?

Horrific video footage showed the moment in September 2020 when Ms Lynn was forcibly picked up by Bowskill and taken into a silver Transit van, which was driven off at pace by Sansome.

Police previously said Ms Lynn exited the vehicle at some point in the journey and she now requires “round the clock care” due to the injuries she suffered.

In a statement released after the sentencing hearing, Ms Lynn’s family said: “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.

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“Every day is not only a huge struggle for Angel but also a huge struggle for our family and friends.”

Chay Bowskill chased down the teenager when she walked off during an argument before he bundled her into a van (Leicestershire Police)Chay Bowskill chased down the teenager when she walked off during an argument before he bundled her into a van (Leicestershire Police)
Chay Bowskill chased down the teenager when she walked off during an argument before he bundled her into a van (Leicestershire Police) | Leicestershire Police

What’s been said about the sentence increase?

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the ruling, Angel Lynn’s aunt Jackie Chamberlain said the family was “relieved” by the sentence increase.

Speaking on behalf of Ms Lynn’s family, she said: “We were told at the time not to appeal, but we felt so strongly that we should have appealed, and we did and we got what we wanted today and Chay’s sentence has been increased.”

Ms Chamberlain thanked the public and Women’s Aid for their support in the appeal.

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She continued: “We’re very grateful to the British public who have supported us as a family all the way along, we can put this behind us now, we can move on, we can get Angel home, we can get her extension built so we just want to thank the British public, the judges and the press who have carried our story for the last few months.”

Ms Chamberlain added: “We’re relieved because we don’t want him to walk away from prison, we want him to get what he deserves and we have been given life.”

Asked about the sentence increase, she continued: “We’ll take that because it’s more than we got in the first place and we were told not to appeal.”

In a statement, Solicitor General Alex Chalk said: “Angel Lynn was subjected to prolonged abuse by her partner, Chay Bowskill, which culminated in her suffering devastating and life-changing injuries.

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“No sentence can repair the damage caused by the cowardly actions of Bowskill, but I welcome the decision of the court to increase the punishment for his crimes.”

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