Brother of thug who kidnapped Angel Lynn mocks her in sick messagesMarch 24, 2022
Brother of thug who kidnapped Angel Lynn and left her paralysed and brain damaged ‘mocks her’ in sickening social media messages and claims his brother is innocent
- Rhys Norris showed no remorse as he appeared to defend brother Chay Bowskill
- Angel Lynn, 19, was forced into van by Bowskill, 20, and his accomplice in 2020
- Teenager then fell out of the vehicle at around 10.45am as it travelled at 60mph
- Messages reportedly show Norris claiming his brother didn’t do anything wrong
- Recipient said he ‘seemed to be 100 per cent behind his brother and proud of it’
The brother of a thug who kidnapped a 19-year-old girl and left her brain damaged has been mocking her in a series of sick messages.
Rhys Norris showed no remorse as he appeared to defend his evil brother Chay Bowskill.
Angel Lynn, 19, was forced into the van by Bowskill, 20, and his accomplice Rocco Sansome, also 20, in Rothley, Leicestershire, in September 2020 after an argument.
She then fell out of the vehicle, which was driven by Sansome, at around 10.45am as it travelled at 60mph, before she was found by horrified members of the public.
Messages uncovered by The Sun reportedly show Norris claiming his brother Bowskill did not do anything wrong.
He then mocks Angel with a series of cruel claims about her, before threatening to rob her family of the money they are raising to buy health equipment for her.
The ex-boyfriend of a teenager who was left paralysed after she fell out of a moving van that he had forced her into will now spend 16 years in prison after having his sentence more than doubled. Pictured: Angel Lynn in hospital
Angel Lynn (pictured), 19, suffered life-changing injuries after she fell from a van. She was found injured in the carriageway of the A6 near Loughborough on September 17, 2020
Chay Bowskill (pictured) and Sansome both denied kidnap but were found guilty after trial. Bowskill was jailed for seven-and-a-half years while Sansome was sentenced to 21 months in prison
It is understood that the messages were sent to social media user Jeremy Stoker, who said he asked Norris to change his Facebook profile picture from that of his brother out of respect to Angel.
He added: ‘I don’t know him or Angel or Chay but after hearing his mother give a warm defence of Chay – and feeling sorry for Angel – I came across Rhys.
‘Far from saying nothing, [he] seemed to be 100 per cent behind his brother and proud of it.
‘I didn’t blame him for Chay’s actions – or abuse him – I just asked he not so publicly support his vermin brother.’
Norris replied ‘f*** off’ followed by a series of profanities after being approached by the newspaper.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police confirmed the force is aware of the messages, and said they had not been reported to them.
In January, Bowskill was handed a seven-and-a-half-year sentence after being found guilty of kidnap, coercive and controlling behaviour, and perverting the course of justice, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
Sansome, of Birstall, Leicestershire, was also found guilty of kidnap and sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Both men had their sentences referred to the Court of Appeal by Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC, who argued they were ‘unduly lenient’.
Yesterday, senior judges at the Court of Appeal have concluded his original term for the kidnap was not long enough and have handed him four-and-a-half more years.
Angel’s mother Nikki had said last month that she was ‘disgusted’ with the initial term that was handed out.
Giving a summary of their decision, Dame Victoria Sharp said: ‘We have concluded that the sentence passed on him for the kidnap was unduly lenient.’
Shocking CCTV footage (left and right) shows Angel Lynn, 19, being forced into a van by 20-year-old Chay Bowskill, her boyfriend at the time
In January, Bowskill (above) was handed a seven-and-a-half-year sentence after being found guilty of kidnap, coercive and controlling behaviour, and perverting the course of justice, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court
She said the original term ‘failed to reflect the seriousness of the kidnap’ and the harm caused to Ms Lynn as a result.
Members of Ms Lynn’s family gasped as the judge told the court of the increased sentence.
Bowskill, who appeared over a video-link from prison wearing a grey sweatshirt, shook his head as he heard the result.
The judge said Sansome’s sentence ‘should have been longer’ but that, in all the circumstances, including the fact he is close to being released, the court decided not to alter it.
Harrowing CCTV footage of Angel’s kidnap showed Bowskill chasing her across a road after she walked off during an argument.
The video, taken in Mountsorrel, shows Bowskill grabbing Angel from behind and carrying her back across the road before bundling her into a van.
After Angel fell out, paramedics attended the scene and she was taken to hospital but despite intensive medical intervention, she was left with life-changing injuries.
Angel’s mother Nikki had said last month that she was ‘disgusted’ with the initial term that was handed out (Pictured: Angel Lynn)
The kidnap happened after Angel, who was originally lawfully driving the van, picked up Bowskill and Sansome, before getting into the argument with Bowskill and walking off.
The court heard that moments before she walked off, Bowskill admitted telling Angel he ‘hated’ her and never wanted to see her again, Leicestershire Live reported.
Both men were later arrested.
Bowskill, of Syston, Leicestershire, was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice.
He was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm after it became unclear how Angel had left the van.
The defence claimed that Angel jumped or accidentally fell on to the road, while the prosecution failed to prove that she was pushed or thrown.
Sansome, of Birstall, Leicestershire, admitted possession of cannabis and driving the van while unfit through cannabis use, according to Leicestershire Live.
Dame Victoria told the court Bowskill had been in a relationship with Ms Lynn for about a year before the incident, and he behaved in a coercive and controlling manner towards her throughout that time, threatening her with violence on a number of occasions.
The judge said he tried to intimidate his own mother into retracting a statement she gave to police about his behaviour towards Ms Lynn following the kidnap.
The family of 21-year-old Angel Lynn, who was left paralysed after she fell out of a van when she was kidnapped by her boyfriend, released pictures to the public
Angel’s mother Ms Lynn (both pictured) told Sky News last month or her anger about the leniency of the sentences that were originally handed to Bowskill and Sansome
In a statement released after the sentencing hearing, Ms Lynn’s family said: ‘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.’
Dame Victoria said Bowskill must serve two thirds of his sentence behind bars before he can be released.
Angel’s mother Ms Lynn told Sky News last month or her anger about the leniency of the sentences that were originally handed to Bowskill and Sansome.
She told Sky News: ‘I am disgusted with the sentences. Seeing her like this kills me every day.
‘I worry every day about not being here anymore, who is going to look out for her?’
Ms Lynn added: ‘She was really bubbly, she loved going out for meals with her friends. She used to take pride in herself, she always looked nice.
‘I miss everything about her, doing things together, running in and out of the house how she does, everything, cheekiness, she’s just so funny, so kind. I miss her all together I’m just scared I won’t get my Angel back.
‘I think she might know me when I try and get her to give me a kiss, if I put my cheek out, she purses her lips but it takes all her energy, it’s rare.’
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