Angel Lynn’s mother, who was left paralyzed after her kidnapping, has told how her daughter defied the odds by standing for the first time.
Shocking CCTV footage had shown Angel Lynn being grabbed from behind and stuffed into a van by her boyfriend.
Moments later, she fell headfirst from the van, now traveling at 60 miles per hour, onto a dual carriageway and suffered catastrophic brain injuries.
But Angelnow 22, not only has she defied the medical community by getting her way, she has exceeded all expectations in her recovery.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, devoted mum Nikki, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, said Angel has now made it stand for the first time since the attack.
Nikki said: “She’s communicating more and more.
“I know it won’t change anything, but I hope one day she will speak up and tell me what happened.”
Angel’s boyfriend at the time Chay BowskillThe 20-year-old was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of kidnapping, coercion and controlling behaviorand pervert the course of justice.
Last May, appeals court judges increased his sentence to 12 years after concluding that his original sentence for the kidnapping was not long enough.
During his trial at Leicester Crown Court, prosecutors were unable to prove that Angel was thrown or pushed out of the vehicle – driven by Bowskill’s friend Rocco Sansome20
Bowskill claimed Angel jumped or fell out accidentally on the street — something mother-of-six Nikki refuses to accept.
She says: “I think she was pushed because of the injuries she sustained, because of the force with which she hit the ground.”
Nikki says her daughter’s head “bounced like a football” and she rolled almost 50 meters.
Bowskill and Sansome – who were also convicted of kidnapping and have now been released from prison after being sentenced to 21 months – then drove off, leaving Angel on the A6 near Loughborough.
Angel’s struggle to survive has amazed doctors at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, where she has been given last rites three times.
Nikki says, “They said, ‘There’s not much we can do for them.’ I would ask her to try. I would say, ‘Don’t leave me’.”
Angel eventually awoke from her coma and was later transferred to a rehabilitation unit, the name of which cannot be released, for her safety.
Nikki says, “You really work wonders with Angel.”
Nikki added, “I can’t forgive Chay for what he did. He couldn’t admit he was wrong. He gets no forgiveness from me.
“Angel was a driver herself and they drove at 60 miles an hour. I don’t think my daughter would have jumped into oncoming traffic in the next lane in the middle of a dual carriageway.
“She would have known the consequences. She had never been suicidal. He tried to claim in court that she was a bad person. She was 100% not suicidal.
“So I don’t have that at all. If she wanted to get out of that van I think she would have waited a bit further to the roundabout where they would have actually slowed down.
“Angel knows that if she even stayed in her car, I would be in total panic.
“She knows if anything happens to her or any of our other children if we lose one of them, it would kill us.
“So I just don’t have it that she jumped. What he says is nonsense.”
During their relationship, Bowskill was serving time in prison for burglary, but he required Angel to be home by 6pm each night so he could call her on the landline.
After his release, the relationship continued, but when he threw her against a wall, she made the bold decision to leave him.
She was just getting her life back on track when Bowskill abducted her on September 17, 2020 after a dispute in the village of Rothley, near Leicester.
CCTV captures the moment Bowskill hugs Angel tightly and carries her across the street to the silver Transit van.
Nikki says Bowskill admitted in court that the last thing he said to Angel before she fell out of the van was, “I fucking hate you bitch.”
How to get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Keep your phone close at all times.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
- Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of the house – for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
The Frauenhilfe offers a live chat service – Available weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 6pm.
You can also call the 24-hour toll-free domestic abuse hotline on 0808 2000 247.