A SMIRKING thug who left his girlfriend unable to walk or talk after kidnapping her is seen posing with a hunting knife in unearthed pics.
Angel Lynn, 19, was bundled into the back of the van by her then-boyfriend Chay Bowskill, 20, and his friend Rocco Sansome, 20, on September 27, 2020.
She fell out of the vehicle as it shot down the A6 near Loughborough, Leicestershire – and was later found lying in the carriageway by horrified passers-by.
Both men were found guilty of kidnap, with Bowskill jailed for seven-and-a-half years while his pal Sansome was sentenced to 21 months.
Now, newly unearthed pics show a grinning Bowskill posing for the camera while clutching a hunting knife and a knuckle duster.
Angel’s family today blasted her kidnapper boyfriend’s “short” sentence.
Her aunt Jackie told Leicester Live: “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.”
Jackie added: “Our family has had to become doctors and nurses.
“Her 10-year-old sister sits panicking, watching her oxygen levels go up and down when she should be enjoying her childhood. Her mum, Nikki, is the strongest person I know.”
Angel suffered a fractured skull and catastrophic brain injuries, is still unable to communicate and is unlikely to ever make a full recovery.
Her boyfriend at the time Chay Bowskill, 20, and his friend Rocco Sansome, 20, both denied kidnap but were found guilty following a trial yesterday.
Horrified jurors were shown CCTV of the moment Bowskill chased down the teenager when she walked off during an argument before he bundled her into a van.
Angel’s 10-year-old sister sits panicking, watching her oxygen levels go up and down
Angel’s aunt Jackie
Shocking footage shows Bowskill grabbing her from behind in a bear hug and carrying her back across the road in Mountsorrel.
As it travelled along the road at 60mph, Angel fell out of the van at around 10.45am before she was found by an alarmed passerby.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and Angel was taken to hospital but – despite intensive medical intervention – she remains in hospital with life-changing injuries.
Angel is unable to communicate, walk or feed herself and needs 24-hour care, her family say.
Detectives uncovered footage of Angel being forced into the van before it was driven away from the area by Sansome at speed. Both men were later arrested.
In a heartbreaking statement issued after the case, Angel’s dad Paddy said his daughter’s life “will never be the same”.
“Our lives have been changed beyond recognition forever,” he 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.
‘OUR HEARTS ARE BLEEDING’
“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.”
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.”
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.