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The parents of teenager Angel Lynn, who suffered devastating injuries while escaping from her ex-boyfriend, have officially spoken out.
After attempting to kidnap 19-year-old Angel, Chay Bowskill will serve just two years behind bars - a sentence that has left Angel's family furious.
Watch the harrowing kidnapping here.
Footage shows the moment Chay Bowskill, 20, kidnapped Angel in the silver van in Mountsorrel on 17th September 2020.
Shortly after Angel was kidnapped, she fell from the van, which was travelling at 60mph. Angel suffered a fractured skull and severe brain injuries, and is unable to walk or talk.
This week, Bowskill was sentenced to a total of seven-and-a-half years in prison, but will serve half of his sentence (Three years and nine months) behind bars. Because Bowskill has already served time on remand, he will be out of prison as early as June 2024.
Speaking to The Sun about their daughter's condition, Angel's mum Nikki said that these injuries have "wrecked Angel's life."
She continued: "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 father Patrick said: "Angel loved life, she was so full of life and had so much to look forward to. She dreamed of being a forensic scientist for the police.
“But she’s had all her hopes and dreams, and our hopes and dreams for her, snatched away.
"I’ll never walk her down the aisle. We’ll never see her graduate or get her dream job — or help her move house."
Angel's parents have since shared plans to call for a review of Chay Bowskill's sentence.
The family added that they were surprised with Bowskill's "unduly lenient" sentencing when the judge took into account the gravity of Angel's abduction.
Judge Timothy Spencer QC told Mr Bowskill at Leicester crown court: "You treated her in a vile way.
"She was belittled by you to a point where she must have felt worthless on a regular basis.”
However, Judge Spencer also took Bowskill's age into account during sentencing, telling the 20-year-old he was a "little boy in man's shoes."
Bowskill was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice, but was found not guilty of a charge of grievous bodily harm.
If you have been affected by this article, you can find help, support and advice at Women's Aid.
Featured Image Credit: Leicestershire Police
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