THERE'S much controversy surrounding the sentencing of Chay Bowskill after he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, Angel Lynn and left her brain damaged.
Let's explore who he is and the story as it develops.
Who is Chay Bowskill?
Chay Bowskill is a 20-year-old from Empingham Drive, Syston.
He has been found guilty of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend Angel Lynn, 19, in 2020.
He was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice – but was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm.
What happened between Chay Bowskill and Angel Lynn?
On September 27, 2020, Angel was found lying in the carriageway of the A6 near Loughborough, Leics with catastrophic injuries.
She suffered a fractured skull and brain injuries, and is still unable to communicate and is unlikely to ever make a full recovery.
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Her boyfriend at the time Bowskill and his friend Rocco Sansome, 20, both denied kidnap but were found guilty following a trial on January 27, 2022.
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.
The footage revealed 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 has been left with life-changing injuries.
Her family says Angel is unable to communicate, walk or feed herself and needs 24-hour care.
How long has Chay Bowskill been jailed for?
On Monday January 24, 2022, Bowskill was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison and will serve half his sentence behind bars — three years and nine months.
Taking into account time already served on remand he will become eligible for release in June 2024.
Angel’s family said they are outraged that Bowskill got just two years for the kidnap — even though the offence carries a maximum sentence of life.
They said they planned to call for a review of the kidnap sentence, saying it was “unduly lenient”.
And they added they were surprised by the sentence when the judge seemed to recognise the serious consequences of the abduction.
Although it can carry a life term, kidnapping currently has no sentencing guidelines, which the family think worked in Bowskill’s favour.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Bowskill's mum defended her thug son saying: "My son’s not a bad boy but he's not a saint."
She added: “Chay told me he’d finished with her. He didn’t want her to go so he went after her and picked her up and put her back in the van.
“Everyone is blaming Clay for her injuries but he didn't cause them.
“I can't blame my son for her injuries, I need to protect him and stand by him."
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