Man jailed over kidnap attempt on ex-girlfriend

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A man assaulted his former girlfriend and tried to bundle her into a car in rush hour traffic as horrified drivers looked on.

Allan Towell, 37, described by a judge as “manipulative and controlling”, then got his ex-wife and best friend to help him try to persuade the victim to drop charges after he was arrested and held in custody.

The secondhand car dealer was jailed for two years and 10 months after pleading guilty to attempted kidnap and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Tricia Brown, 40, Towell’s ex-wife, and Richard Tingle, 46, were given community orders after pleading guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Kama Melly, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court Towell had been in a relationship with victim Samantha Elam since she was 17 and he was 32.

The court heard Towell, of Sandforth Lane, Goole, had been controlling towards Miss Elam and the incident took place on December 19 last year after she had ended the relationship.

Towell sent text messages to Miss Elam demanding to see her and also turned up outside her workplace.

The attack happened at 5.25pm as Miss Elam was walking towards the Days Inn hotel at Ossett, Wakefield.

Towell grabbed her by the hair and tried to shove her into the back of his car as she screamed for help.

The pair then rolled down an embankment during the struggle and Miss Elam thought she was going to be killed as Towell grabbed her by the throat.

She managed to run towards the road and jumped into the first car she came across.

Towell then used Brown, of Sandforth Lane, Goole, and Tingle, of Elsecar Lane, Wakefield, to get Miss Elam to drop charges against him.

Judge Sally Cahill, QC, told Towell: “I take the view that you are manipulative, controlling, and you are a very selfish man.

“This was a very sustained attempt on your part to pervert the course of justice. You were the prime mover.”