The parents of a young woman who was paralysed after her boyfriend kidnapped her said they had no idea she was being abused.
Angel Lynn was just 19 when Chay Bowskill, 20 at the time, stuffed her into a van that she ended up falling out of and suffering brain damage which left her unable to walk or talk.
Doctors said Angel, now 21, would not make it but she has undergone a ‘miraculous’ recovery, can now communicate and has even taken her first steps since the tragedy in September 2020.
Despite being thrilled about this, her parents said the impact has ‘devastated’ their family and they want to warn others to look out for the signs early.
Dad Patrick, 53, said he and Nikki, 48, had ‘no inkling’ that their daughter was being controlled by Bowskill.
Nikki told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Thursday: ‘It needs to be put out there a lot so that people understand the signs.
‘I would hate for this to happen to someone else. Our whole family has been absolutely devastated by this – it’s changed all our lives. It’s changed our lives; it’s changed his family’s lives.’
She said Channel 4’s new documentary, The Kidnap of Angel Lynn, is purely ‘to get awareness out and to let other people know to look out for those signs’.
The documentary shows Nikki asking Angel whether she wants to tell her story so she can prevent anything similar happening to anyone else and Angel writes on her iPad: ‘Yes.’
During the programme on Tuesday, viewers were shown abusive texts from Bowskill in which he called Angel a ‘stupid c***’, ‘b****’, and a ‘divvy little slag’.
Nikki said: ‘He would message all the time. Message, message, message – all the time her phone was lit up. Wherever he went she went with him.
‘At that age you can’t say, “You can’t do this.” She had her own car, you can’t ground her. I felt helpless.’
The devoted mum-of-six previously said: ‘Angel loved her life. Then it just changed. She stopped going to college. She didn’t see her friends or hang out with her brothers and sisters. She was always with him.
‘We’re just absolutely devastated that we didn’t spot it. Because we wouldn’t be here today had we spotted it earlier.
‘It can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter how strong you are. It can happen to men and women.
‘We’ve had to do this because this is how we tell other people about being coerced and how easy it is, even if you’re strong-minded, that it can happen to you and to just get out of it, because I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through.
‘I just don’t want it to happen to anyone else. Our whole family has been devastated.’
Bowskill, of Empingham Drive in Syston, Leicestershire, was convicted of kidnap, coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice.
The trial heard how during his relationship with Angel, he had served a prison sentence for burglary. While he was behind bars, he demanded she be home by 6pm every night so he could call her on her landline.
She eventually made the decision to leave Bowskill after he threw her against a wall, and was getting her life back on track before they had an argument, which resulted in the kidnapping.
Bowskill was initially jailed for seven and a half years, but this was increased to 12 years last March at the Court of Appeal.
Angel’s parents, from Loughborough, also told Good Morning Britain about how much better their daughter is doing now.
Nikki recalled how doctors initially told her: ‘Miracles do happen but in Angel’s case, it’s not going to happen.’
Patrick added: ‘They said she wouldn’t last through the night, we prayed for her and she’s doing really well.’
The couple are currently preparing their home for Angel to be able to live with them and continue improving.
They are hoping to have everything ready to welcome their daughter home before Christmas.
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