Kidnapper Chay Bowskill’s prison sentence increased again for stealing luxury cars
A man jailed for kidnapping his girlfriend has returned to court as a member of a gang who stole 51 high-performance cars. Chay Bowskill was one of six people involved in the offences, which involved breaking into homes to take car keys while owners slept.
The crooks targeted 41 homes in Loughborough, Leicester and other towns and villages in the county and wider region. The 51 vehicles they stole – including premium SUVs, an £80,000 Audi SQ7, £75,000 Mercedes C63 plus BMWs, a Range Rover and VWs – were worth a total of £1,153,500 , LeicestershireLive reports.
Bowskill, now 20, and the others pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglaries, which were carried out between June and October 2019. A number of cars, collectively estimated to be worth £373,000, are still missing, Leicester Crown Court heard yesterday.
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Bowskill, of Syston, had been found guilty by a jury in January of abducting his then 19-year-old girlfriend, Angel Lynn. Angel, of Loughboroughsuffered severe brain damage in a fall from the van Bowskill in which she had abducted her.
Bowskill was also found guilty of “coercive and controlling behavior” towards Angel – who now requires round-the-clock care – and perverting the course of justice. He was imprisoned for a total of seven and a half years. The sentence was returned to the High Court in London and increased to 12 years.
However, at Leicester Crown Court two days later he was sentenced to a further four years for conspiracy to burglary. He was told it would add two more years to his sentence and he now faces serving at least 10 years before being eligible for release on license.
Others involved in the plot were Barry Kew Moss, 22, Travis Hindmarsh, 19, Oliver Thomas Read, 25, Aurel Sadiki, 24, all of no fixed address, and Josh Healy, 18, of Laurel Close, Mountsorrel.
Christopher Jeyes, prosecuting, said: “The burglaries involved occupied homes, some with elderly people and some with children. Many occupants awoke to find doors and windows had been entered and vehicles had disappeared from the outside.”
A dozen houses were burglarized in the Loughborough area, and several others in Leicester, including Scraptoft. Mr Jeyes said: ‘Some of the stolen vehicles were used in subsequent offences, with altered number plates.’
Conviction, Recorder Michael Auty QC said: “Each of you were part of an organized cabal whose aim was to break into the homes of 41 separate families for the sole purpose of stealing valuable car keys. They have been specifically targeted due to their nature of prestige, high performance and high intrinsic value.
“It was an episode of serious and determined crime in which each of you played an active part. While I recognize that there was never a direct confrontation with the owners, there were some near misses. Bringing a gang to their house in the dead of night, armed with a crowbar or other objects, must have resulted in very real, substantial, and possibly permanent distress.
“What you did affected their zest for life and their homes and most importantly, their sense of security in the one place where they have the right to feel safest. That says nothing in terms of monetary loss and ‘disadvantages.’
Healy and Hindmarsh, both minors at the time of the offence, were each sentenced to four years in prison, while Kew Moss was jailed for six years and three months. Read and Sadiki are due in court for sentencing at a later date.