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Woman kidnapped by ex-boyfriend

A CHELMSLEY Wood mum believed she would be killed after her jealous ex forced her into a car boot and took her on a terrifying ride, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

A CHELMSLEY Wood mum believed she would be killed after her jealous ex forced her into a car boot and took her on a terrifying ride, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC said that on October 21 last year, Simon Smith had “snapped” and grabbed his former partner as she left her home, bundling her into the boot.

Jane Hall had frantically called the police, pleading with them to help her, as she was being driven around.

She had told the operator she thought Smith believed she was seeing someone else.

The court heard that the victim had probably been kept in the boot for about 20 to 25 minutes.

“During that period, she was absolutely terrified. She had her mobile phone with her and she called 999,” Judge Thomas added.

At one point, 44 year-old Smith of Church Lane, Stechford, phoned a friend who heard Miss Hall shouting in the background that she could not breathe.

Claire Harris, prosecuting, said Smith and the victim had several children and the defendent had abused Miss Hall physically in the past.

She added that the victim had been extremely scared and feared Smith would “take her to a field and bury her.”

But the judge said he was “reasonably satisfied” that Smith, who admitted a charge of kidnap, did not have any fixed intention to harm Miss Hall.

Smith was jailed for two and a half years.

 

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