Exclusive

Angel Lynn's aunt says she's 'horrified' one of her kidnappers could walk free in months

10 February 2022, 13:38 | Updated: 10 February 2022, 16:34

'Three times the last rites have been read to this girl - it's just not fair.'

By Elizabeth Haigh

The aunt of a young woman who was left paralysed after falling out of a van she'd been bundled into by her boyfriend told LBC she was "horrified" at the prospect of one of her kidnappers being released in two months.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Ms Lynn's aunt, Jackie Chamberlain, told LBC's Shelagh Fogarty her niece had "blossomed into a really beautiful girl".

She said the family has been informed that one of the offenders, Rocco Sansome, who was sentenced to 21 months for kidnapping, could be released in the next two months.

She described it as a "green light for people to say: 'I can get away with this'.

"She will never walk or talk again. She's had a massive brain surgery.

"She's no different to how she was on the very first day."

Angel has had her last rites read to her three times.

Around 16 months after the attack, Angel still cannot come home as the family need to have a hospital grade room, which Ms Chamberlain said is "unbelievably" expensive.

A GoFundMe has been launched by the family, and has so far raised more than £72,000.

It must be completely sanitised, and she will require oxygen as she cannot breathe on her own.

According to Ms Chamberlain, it is not known if Angel is able to recognise her own parents.

"They're not even sure that she's aware of who they are."

She added: "A whole lifetime of dreams has been lost."

Angel Lynn, 19, now requires round the clock care.
Angel Lynn, 19, now requires round the clock care. Picture: Family handout

Angel Lynn, 19, was found with catastrophic injuries on the A6 near Loughborough on 17 September 2020

This was after she fell out of a van her boyfriend bundled her into, believed to be travelling at around 60mph at the time.

During Bowskill's trial, prosecutors alleged he had pushed Angel out of the van, but Bowskill said she had jumped.

He was cleared on an offence of grievous bodily harm.

Chay Bowskill, 20, was given seven and a half years behind bars after being found guilty of kidnap, coercive and controlling behaviour, and perverting the course of justice following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

It means he could be released on licence in around two years, once time served on remand is taken into account.

The sentence is being reviewed by the Attorney General to see if it was "unduly lenient".

"She had lots of dreams and aspirations, as all young people do," she said.

"She was a very kindhearted girl."

She explained Ms Lynn would often help her brother, who has serious learning difficulties, and was always willing to help out.

Read more: Boris warns this is the 'most dangerous moment' in Europe for decades amid Ukraine crisis

Angel Lynn's family speak to LBC over her kidnapper's 'lenient sentence'

"She was so sweet.

"She used to come and watch me at music festivals, and she’d be there in the crowd.

"She’d make your heartstrings go ping even as a little kid.

"She was just such a lovely person - now I can’t recognise that person at all."

Horrific video footage shows the moment Ms Lynn was forcibly picked up by Bowskill and taken into a silver Transit van.

Read more: Anti-Semitic abuse soars to record levels in 2021 - up by a third from the previous year

Police said Ms Lynn exited the vehicle at some point in the journey and she now requires "round the clock care" due to the injuries she suffered.

In a statement released after the sentencing hearing, Ms Lynn's family said: "Our lives have been changed beyond recognition forever.

"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.

CCTV shows kidnap of Angel Lynn

"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."

The statement continued: "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 don't 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."

He aunt told LBC Angel did not tell anyone about her former boyfriend's coercive and controlling behaviour, which included making her adhere to his 6pm-6am curfew after he was released from prison.

Criminal psychologist on killer Ian Stewart

Read more: Kurt Zouma’s cats rescued by RSPCA and he’s fined ‘£250,000’ as police probe kicking video

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team, said: "Angel is a young woman who had plans and aspirations in place and the rest of her life to look forward to.

"Because of the extent of her injuries she now faces constant medical treatment and round the clock care.

"Her family remain devastated by what has happened and I praise the strength and bravery they have shown and continue to demonstrate to this day.

"No verdict or subsequent sentence can make up for the quality of life this young woman has lost."

The family's GoFundMe can be found here.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

A woman in her 50s was pronounced dead at the scene

Woman in 50s confirmed dead at scene after being mauled in XL Bully attack at east London home

Bronx, USA. 05th Oct, 2019. Scarlett Johansson arrives on the red carpet at the 'Marriage Story' premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on Friday, October 04, 2019 in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

Scarlett Johansson 'shocked' and 'angered' over 'eerily' similar voice used by AI bot

Kaitlin Palmieri lost her husband-to-be the day of their wedding

Woman, 35, whose fiancé died on their wedding day, opens up about discovering he cheated on her

Biden

Biden rejects International Criminal Court warrant request for Israeli leaders

More than half of all investigations with a child victim are now being committed by other children.

Concerning rise in children committing serious sexual abuse as ‘normalised’ online behaviour escalates

Trump Hush Money

Judge in Trump trial threatened to throw witness out of court for behaviour

France New Caledonia

Australia and New Zealand to evacuate nationals from New Caledonia’s unrest

The government has announced £15.5 million of new funding to back the technology

Rishi Sunak to announce new AI technology able to locate cancer 2.5x quicker than doctors alone

Michael Gove will warn against protesters not doing enough to stop antisemitism in a speech on Tuesday.

Anti-Semitism is ‘canary in the coal mine’ as UK risks ‘descending into darkness’, Gove to warn

Two people have been hospitalised.

Two hospitalised in Devon's water crisis as Environment Secretary warns cases could rise further

Rishi Sunak has announced an extra £25 million in funding to stop the boats.

Sunak announces £25m extra funding to tackle people smuggling gangs ahead of migration talks with Austrian Chancellor

A woman in her 50s was mauled to death in her own home in east London.

Woman mauled to death in XL Bully attack at east London home as police seize two dogs

Turkey Erdogan Eurovision

Turkey’s leader claims Eurovision Song Contest is a threat to family values

Labour's Diana Johnson has told LBC the department of health was 'defending itself' during the infected blood scandal.

‘The department of health was institutionally defending itself’, Labour MP tells LBC after infected blood scandal report

Iran Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s president and foreign minister die in helicopter crash

Exclusive
Julian Assange's wife calls for extradition case against WikiLeaks founder to be abandoned by US after High Court win

Julian Assange's wife calls for extradition case against WikiLeaks founder to be abandoned by US after High Court win