EXCLUSIVE: Mother of thug boyfriend who kidnapped Angel Lynn before she was left brain-damaged when she fell from a van is standing by her son ‘more than ever’ and believes he’s been unfairly demonised, friends say
- Kathy Norris continues to support her jailed son Chay Bowskill
The mother of the thug who kidnapped Angel Lynn before she fell from his van at 60mph and incurred horrific injuries is standing by her son – and insists he’s been unfairly demonised.
Kathy Norris continues to support her jailed son Chay Bowskill and claims her family have suffered online abuse from trolls blaming them for the horror that changed teenager Angel’s life, MailOnline has learned.
As a harrowing TV documentary, screened this week, has captured the young Leicestershire woman’s nightmare ordeal since the incident, her former partner’s mother has refused to discuss the case publicly – but privately continues to back Bowskill.
A source close to Bowskill’s family said: ‘Kathy is a mum who is blind to the monster her son became and has somehow got it into her head that Chay is almost as much of a victim of what happened as Angel – even though he caused it all.
‘She complains that he’s being wrongly accused of throwing her from the van – and insists he only took her to keep her safe.
The mother of the thug who kidnapped Angel Lynn before she fell from his van at 60mph and incurred horrific injuries is standing by her son – and insists he’s been unfairly demonised
Angel, then 19, was kidnapped by Chay Bowskill , then 20, in September 2020. He bundled her into a van in Rothley, Leicestershire, and drove away with her. CCTV footage shows the moment she was kidnapped
‘But she won’t say any of this publicly now because when she gave her only interview about the case last year, she thought she was doing Chay a favour but the public reaction was furious.
‘She’s learned to keep her head down now. But she hasn’t changed her tune – in fact she backs Chay more than ever.’
That only public interview with the mother-of-four came with MailOnline soon after the case came to court.
Ms Norris, a carer, 59, said on that occasion: ‘Everyone is blaming Chay for her injuries but he didn’t cause them. Chay picked her up and put her in the van.
‘She was upset and she may even have jumped from that vehicle, there was no sign of a struggle but we don’t know, we may never know.
‘I can’t blame my son for her injuries, I need to protect him and stand by him.
‘It was a horrible thing that happened but Chay didn’t push her. If he had he would have been charged with attempted murder.’
Kathy Norris (left) continues to support her jailed son Chay Bowskill (right) and claims her family have suffered online abuse from trolls blaming them for the horror that changed teenager Angel’s life, MailOnline has learned
In contrast Angel’s mum Nikki makes no secret of her belief that Angel was pushed.
She told Channel 4 programme ‘The Kidnap of Angel Lynn’: ‘I do think she was pushed because of the injuries she suffered, the force with which she hit the ground.’
Ms Norris, who knew Angel well as she often stayed at her family home in Syston, Leicestershire, said she wished, on reflection, her son had driven off without his on-off girlfriend as she would still be ‘her normal happy and chatty self.’
Reliving the trauma, which has blighted her life too, she told how Angel, then aged 19 and now 22, had fallen from a van in which her son was a passenger following a ‘huge row’.
She suffered catastrophic brain injuries.
Describing the fateful day in September 2020, she told her son had dumped Angel during a tense conversation at a petrol station in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire while trying to do a car deal at an adjoining garage.
She explained: ‘Chay told me he’d finished with her and she walked out of the van after a huge row.
‘He didn’t want her to go so he went after her and picked her up and put her back in the van.
Angel – who dreamed of working for the police or being a forensic scientist – later fell out of the moving van head-first at 60mph. Her skull was split in two. Above: Angel in hospital after her the horrific incident
Shocking scans (pictured) have revealed devastating damage to the young woman’s skull after she fell from the van
The scans suggest she was left with two fractures – one across the top of her skull and down the left side of her face and another across her forehead and into her eye socket
‘If she had left him there, she would have gone mad. It was mid-morning, and they were still arguing and she jumped from the front passenger seat to the back of the van.
‘Within eleven minutes from the petrol station and Chay’s pal driving at 60-70mph my son told me he heard a whoosh and he looked in his side mirror and he saw Angel just bouncing down the road and the van immediately pulled up.
‘We may never know what happened, if Angel fell out of a gaping slide door or jumped out.
‘My son didn’t push her, that was never an issue, but he did grab her earlier.
‘He picked her up and put her in the van.’
She added: ‘Me and my family are getting so much abuse online. They are blaming my son and saying horrible things. What happened to Angel has destroyed me.’
It’s understood that the abuse worsened after Ms Norris spoke on the record in defence of her son.
Jobless Bowskill is serving a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping, coercive and controlling behaviour, and perverting the course of justice.
His original seven-and-a-half-year term was reviewed and increased after his victim’s family appeal on an ‘unduly lenient’ sentence.
Bowskill (right) is seen on holiday. He is serving a 12-year jail term
Kathy Norris pictured at home in Syston, Leicestershire, reading hate mail from trolls after her son’s conviction
Ms Norris openly admitted it was her son’s third spell behind bars.
She did not participate in the screen documentary but, speaking after he was jailed again, she said: ‘It’s my son’s third time in prison. I have to accept what he has done.
‘But he is being branded an evil kidnaper, and while he took Angel it was to protect her not hurt her. In the eyes of the law that is kidnap but the sentence he was given is too long.
‘I know Angel’s family feel it is not long enough. We all wish he had driven off and left her there.’
She added: ‘When I heard what had happened it was one of the worst day of my life. I want to tell her family I am so sorry for what happened but I don’t blame my son. My heart goes out to them.’
Ms Norris added: ‘What happened to her has destroyed me. It is horrific, absolutely tragic, a terrible thing and I’m devastated. I knew Angel well, she was always staying with Chay at our house, she was such a lovely, beautiful girl.
‘I can’t believe that she will never be her normal happy and chatty self again. It’s so upsetting.
‘But nobody will ever know what really happened that day apart from Angel and because of her injuries she may never be able to tell.
‘I just hope that with medical research and science over the coming years something can he done to help repair her brain.’
Angel (pictured being hugged by her sister Katie) now requires round-the-clock care after she suffered catastrophic injuries in the ordeal in September 2020
A harrowing TV documentary, screened this week, has captured the young Leicestershire woman’s nightmare ordeal since the incident. Above: Angel communicating with her mother at home
Ms Norris declined to say this week if she had watched the documentary which includes heartbreaking unseen footage of a bubbly Angel singing, dancing and laughing with friends – before she met her controlling boyfriend.
The programme paints Angel, pre-injury, as ‘just a crazy young girl, full of life, feared nothing, if anybody could hold their own, Angel could.’
She said: ‘I don’t want to speak about it now.’
She had previously told how she had attended the weeks-long Leicester Crown Court trial sitting near Angel’s family she had been banned by police from ‘having any contact’ with them during their investigation.
She said: ‘My son’s not a bad boy but he’s not a saint. They had a toxic relationship. They were always arguing over every little, petty thing and splitting up then getting back together.
‘He’s a good-looking lad and was always popular with the girls and Angel’s a beautiful girl.’
She told how Angel and her son had been a couple for more than a year before the road horror and said the besotted teen had stood by her son after he had served a brief four-month spell in jail.
Giving an insight into their volatile relationship she said: ‘They would argue all the time and were both so possessive.
‘He didn’t like her doing certain things nor did she but there was never any physical violence, as far as I could see, and no other person involved in their relationship.
‘But I didn’t see the point of them carrying on when they were constantly having a go at each other. They would argue over every petty little thing,
Ms Norris – who has sons now aged 34, 28, and 26 – told how the couple didn’t drink but Chay often smoked ‘weed’ which led to frequent arguments and she would tell them: ‘What’s the point of being together when you’re always arguing and splitting up? But they loved each other.’
Bowskill was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm after it because it was unclear how Angel had left the van. Above: The young woman before her ordeal
The bubbly college student from Loughborough (pictured with her mother Nikki) had wanted to become a forensic scientist for the police
She said on the fateful day in September 2020 her son had dumped Angel during a tense conversation at a petrol station on the A6 at Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, while trying to do a car deal at an adjoining garage.
The teenager – who dreamed of working for the police or being a forensic scientist – later fell out of the moving van head-first at 60mph.
Her skull was split in two.
Brave Angel is still recuperating in hospital before hopefully being allowed back to live at her family’s newly adapted home in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
Her mother said she has ‘no memories’ of the attack or of Bowskill.
Ms Norris told her during the couple’s relationship that her son was not working but Angel worked as a cleaner at a The Granite Cafe in Mountsorrel.
She said: ‘She was a lovely girl; I was very fond of her and she often stayed over here. I’ve met her parents.
‘What happened is a total tragedy.’
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