A man who put his girlfriend into a van before she was found critically injured has seen Appeals Court judges increase his sentence from seven-and-a-half years to 12 years and three months.
Chay Bowskill, then 20, from Syston, Leicestershire, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in January after being found guilty of kidnapping, controlling and coercive behaviour, and perversion of the course of justice, following a trial at the High Court. of the Crown of Leicester.
His accomplice, Rocco Sansome, then also 20, from Birstall, Leicestershire, was also found guilty of kidnapping and sentenced to 21 months in prison.
His victim, Angel Lynn, then 19, was later found seriously injured on the A6 carriageway near Loughborough, Leicestershire Police said.
Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC referred both men’s sentences to the Court of Appeal for appearing “unduly lenient”.
Bowskill’s total sentence was increased to 12 years and three months by senior judges on Wednesday, after concluding that his original term for the kidnapping was not long enough.
Summarizing her decision, Dame Victoria Sharp said: “We have concluded that the sentence imposed on him for kidnapping was unduly lenient.”
She said the original term “did not reflect the seriousness of the abduction” and the harm done to Ms. Lynn as a result.
Members of Ms. Lynn’s family were shocked when the judge told the court about the increased sentence.
Bowskill, who appeared in a video link from prison wearing a gray sweatshirt, shook his head at the result.
The judge said Sansome’s sentence “should have been longer” but that, in all the circumstances, including the fact that he is about to be released, the court decided not to change it.
Outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the ruling, Angel Lynn’s aunt, Jackie Chamberlain, said the family was “relieved” at the increased sentence.
Speaking on behalf of Ms Lynn’s family, she said: “At the time we were told not to appeal, but we felt so strongly that we should have appealed, and we did and we got what we wanted today and Chay’s sentence has been increased. ”
Ms Chamberlain thanked the public and Women’s Aid for their support of the appeal.
He continued: “We are so grateful to the British public who have supported us as a family all along, we can put this behind us now, we can move on, we can bring Angel home, we can build her extension.” So we just want to thank the British public, the judges and the press who have carried our story over the last few months.”
Ms Chamberlain added: “We are relieved because we don’t want him to walk away from prison, we want him to get what he deserves and we have been given life.”
When asked about the increased sentence, he continued, “We’ll take it because it’s more than we got in the first place and they told us not to appeal.”
Video footage showed the moment in September 2020 when Ms Lynn was forcibly picked up and taken to a silver Transit van, which Sansome drove at speed.
Police previously said that Ms. Lynn exited the vehicle at some point during the trip and now requires “24-hour care” due to the injuries she sustained.
In a statement released after the sentencing hearing, Ms. Lynn’s family said: “Angel was so full of life and had a great future ahead of her. Sadly, that future has been taken from him.
“The catastrophic injuries Angel suffered will mean that life will never be the same for her or our family.
“Every day is not only a big fight for Angel, but also a big fight for our family and friends.”
In a statement, Attorney General Alex Chalk said: “Angel Lynn was subjected to prolonged abuse by her partner, Chay Bowskill, culminating in devastating, life-changing injuries.
“No sentence can repair the damage caused by Bowskill’s cowardly actions, but I welcome the court’s decision to increase the punishment for his crimes.”