Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said it was a 'nasty' incident and Lowe's behaviour was 'every parent's nightmare.'Well, yes indeed, being punched in the stomach (while pregnant) by a complete stranger who is engaged in a broad daylight tug-of-war with you with your 11-month old baby as the rope is pretty nasty, isn't it?
But aren't you supposed to be minimising the defendant's behaviour?
'He presents a risk and that needs to be reduced,' said Mr Bailey.Wow! Have we found a defence brief with a conscience?
Court heard that he had shown remorse and suffered from mental health difficulties, including schizophrenia.
Lowe had worked as a street cleaner, but had to leave that job because of taunts and abuse from children.And had presumably been left to his own devices by the mental health authorities?
Well, he's the prison system's problem now. That'll help, won't it?
Jailing Lowe for two years, Judge David Tremberg said: 'It's every parent's nightmare to have a stranger try to abduct their child, particularly in a case like this when it was a young woman who was on her own and 17 weeks' pregnant, and against whom you used some violence.
'Let this be a lesson to you and let this be the last time you ever appear before a criminal court.'He's 68 - what are the odds?