A kidnapper who attacked a woman and tried to bundle her into his car has been jailed for two and a half years.Is that all..?
Given the details, I find it appallingly light…
Mark Willis, of Churchdown, tried to drag the victim to his car after targeting a couple as they walked down a road at 4.30am.They were complete strangers to him. And his defence was….well, see for yourself:
But the 36-year-old was thwarted when her partner, who he had punched and kicked in the face, called the police and pursued them.
Although Willis admitted kidnap, he claimed he was "taking her across the road" to see what injuries she had.And – unsurprisingly – this isn’t his first offence:
The court heard he had two previous convictions for harassment where he had repeatedly texted former girlfriends.A nutter? Well, according to his brief, yes, but he’s all better now!
Andrew Hobson, defending, said those offences took place when his client was suffering from schizophrenia.Which rather implies that he's not suffering from it now...
He said he had a job which would be held open for him on his release and he was the fixtures secretary for an angling club.Doesn’t sound like the community would benefit much…
Urging the court not to impose a jail term, he said that his client would benefit from help in the community including a domestic violence programme.
Shouldn’t someone think about them once in a while?
Passing sentence at Swindon Crown Court, recorder Edward Burgess said "This was extremely serious.Would it be better if they had?
"Quite what it was you intended to do with Miss Hill when you grabbed hold of her arm, I do not know.
"It was obviously a terrifying incident for Mark Sykes and Alexandra Hill, a couple simply making their way home minding their own business after enjoying a night out.
They did nothing to provoke it."