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28th Jan 2022

Parents of teen kidnapped by her ex give emotional statement as he’s sentenced

Ellen Fitzpatrick


*Content warning: This article contains references to domestic violence.*

The parents of the kidnapped teenager Angel Lynn, who was taken into a van by her ex-boyfriend before escaping and suffering life changing injuries, have spoken out.

Before she managed to escape, Chay Bowskill grabbed Angel in the street, dragging her into his van before driving off.

Her family has been left furious after Bowskill’s sentencing after the 20 year old was left with only two years behind bars.

The incident occurred in Mountsorrel on 17th September 2020, when Angel fell from the van going at nearly 100km per hour and suffered a fractured skull and severe brain injuries, and is unable to walk or talk.

While Bowskill was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years, he will serve half of this and as he has already served time on remand, he could be out of prison as early as June of 2024.

Speaking to The Sun about their daughter’s life changing injuries and Bowskill lower sentence, Angel’s mum Nikki said the entire situation has “wrecked Angel’s life.”

She said: “She will never have a job or be a mum. She’ll never hang out with her brothers, sisters or friends again.

“And it’s wrecked our lives too. She needs round-the-clock, 24-hour care. That is our lives now.

“He’ll be out in less than three years. It makes me furious. What kind of message is that sending to monsters like him? He can be back out trying to wreck other women’s lives while my daughter is trapped forever.”

Her dad Patrick added that Angel dreamed of being a forensic scientist for the police and has now had her hopes and dream “snatched away.”

They also added that they have since called for a review of Chay Bowskill’s sentence.

Angel’s parents said that they were surprised by his “unduly lenient” sentence despite the judge taking the gravity of their daughter’s abduction into account.

But the judge also took into account Bowskill’s age.

Bowskill was also convicted with coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice and found not guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm.

If you have been affected by anything in this article, contact Women’s Aid at 1800 341 900.