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‘The fact she’s alive is just a technicality’ – Angel Lynn’s family speak as kidnappers are jailed

A young woman injured in a horrific kidnapping by her cruel boyfriend is now unable to speak, walk or feed herself, her family said.

The family of Angel Lynn said she had been a ‘kind, lovely and beautiful girl’ before she was kidnapped by her boyfriend Chay Bowskill and suffered horrific injuries when she fell from a van on the A6.

In a statement released by Leicestershire Police after Bowskill and his accomplice were jailed today, Angel’s father Paddy, said: “Our lives have been changed beyond recognition forever.

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“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. 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 do not 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.”

The resulting brain injury has left the 21-year-old in a catatonic state, Angel’s aunt Julie Hutchinson said outside the court today.

Chay Bowskill

Ms Hutchinson said: “She’s alive but she’ll never live a life and she’ll be in constant pain.

“She was a very lovely person and so kind. When she entered a room you’d think the sunshine had walked in. I feel the fact she is alive is a technicality.”

Angel’s other aunt, Jackie Chamberlain, said: “It’s been a terrible, terrible thing for the family. She’s in hospital and will have to have care for the rest of her life.

“She’s just catatonic – she can not talk, feed or walk.

“She had her last rites read to her three times and in hospital she caught Covid and nearly died. She was the most beautiful girl and now she’s completely disabled. She will never get better.”

Angel was 19 when Bowskill and his friend Rocco Sansome drove off with her in the back of a van they Bowskill had bundled her into the back of in September 2020.

As the van was traveling at 60 to 70mph along the A6 between Leicester and Loughborough the side door opened and she fell out onto the road.

Today Bowskill, 20, of Empingham Drive, Syston, was locked up for seven-and-a-half years, while Sansome, 20, of Wanlip Lane, Birstall, was given 21 months for playing a part in the kidnap.

Jackie said: “We are disappointed that the sentence was no 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.

Police at the scene on the A6 where the seriously injured woman was found lying in the carriageway.  Chay Bowskill, of Empingham Drive, Syston, is also accused of kidnapping his girlfriend shortly before she was injured, by allegedly bundling her into a silver-colored transit van that was driven away by co-accused, 20-year-old Rocco Sansome, of Wanlip Lane, Birstall.  Both men deny kidnap.
Police at the scene on the A6 after Angel fell from the van

“She’s in hospital and will not be able to come home without a lot of changes being made to the family’s home.”

Jackie said Angel had two younger sisters who had also been traumatized by what happened.

She said: “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.”

After the sentencing hearing, Judge Timothy Spencer QC thanked the family for remaining calm and dignified throughout the trial.

Some of the family members wore T-shirts with Angel’s picture on them to Leicester Crown Court for this afternoon’s hearing.

However, they were instructed by the court to cover them up during the hearing, which was also attended by several members of Bowskill and Sansome’s families.

Jackie said the family accepted that and had continued to act with “composure” during the entire court case.

She said: “We were well aware we would not be able to wear them in court. We just wanted to show that we were thinking about Angel.

“Angel picked the wrong boy – like so many girls do – and she paid for it.

“She will never be the same.”

Angel’s cousin has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Angel’s family. To donate click here.

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