CCTV shows the moment a woman was kidnapped before falling out of a van at 60mph
Harrowing footage shows a thug kidnapping his girlfriend by putting her in a van before she fell from the vehicle at 60mph, leaving her with catastrophic injuries.
Angel Lynn, 19, was found lying seriously injured on the A6 carriageway near Loughborough on September 17, 2020.
She suffered a fractured skull and brain damage, is still unable to walk or speak, requires round-the-clock care and is unlikely to fully recover.
Her then-boyfriend Chay Bowskill, 20, and pal Rocco Sansome, 20, both denied the abduction but were found guilty following a trial on Tuesday.
Jurors were shown by CCTV the moment Bowskill chased the teenager when she left during an argument before he put her in a van.
Footage shows Bowskill grabbing her from behind in a bear hug and carrying her back across the road to Mountsorrel, Leics.
Angel then fell out of the vehicle as it was traveling at 60mph at around 10.45am before being discovered by horrified members of the public.
Paramedics attended the scene and Angel was taken to hospital, but despite extensive medical intervention, she remains in hospital with life-altering injuries.
Detectives discovered footage of Angel being forced into the van before she was driven from the area by Sansome at high speed. Both men were later arrested.
Bowskill, of Syston, Leicestershire., was also found guilty of coercive behavior and controlling and perverting the course of justice, but was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutors alleged that Bowskill threw his partner out of the van, but it was not possible to prove how Angel fell from the vehicle.
He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years on Wednesday while Sansome, of Birstall, Leicestershire., was sentenced to 21 months in jail at Leicester Crown Court.
Judge Timothy Spencer QC described Bowskill as “despicable” and said if it hadn’t been for the abduction, Angel would not have suffered his “devastating injuries”.
He told the defendant that his treatment of his girlfriend was ‘degrading’ and that she had been belittled to the point that she must have ‘felt worthless’.
Chief Detective Inspector Tony Yarwood, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crimes Team, said: ‘Angel is a young woman who had plans and aspirations in place and the rest of his life to hope.
“Due to the extent of her injuries, she now has to deal with constant medical treatment and round-the-clock care.
“His family remains devastated by what happened and I commend the strength and bravery they have shown and continue to show to this day.
“No verdict or subsequent sentence can compensate for the quality of life this young woman has lost.
“I can only hope that in time his family will find some comfort in knowing that justice has been served.”
In a heartbreaking statement released after the case, Angel’s father Paddy said: ‘Our lives have been changed beyond recognition forever.
“Angel was so full of life and had such a bright future ahead of her.
“That future has unfortunately been taken away from him.
“The catastrophic injuries suffered by Angel will mean that life will never be the same for her or for our family.
“Every day is not only a huge fight for Angel, but also a huge fight for our family and friends.
“We are lucky in some ways because we are a close family, we have lots of lovely friends who help us and people who care about other things.
“We are trying to stay strong but we know that every day will be difficult and a struggle for all of us, especially Angel.
“I know Angel will never get married now and I will never be able 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 every day, but inside, our hearts bleed.
“We would like to thank all of the officers involved in the investigation, our family liaison officers and our attorney, Mr Janes, for their support throughout the past 16 months.
“They have all worked so hard and their dedication to Angel’s case has been outstanding.”