Kidnapper boyfriend jailed for “terrifying ordeal”

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A crazed boyfriend has been jailed for kidnapping his girlfriend who feared for her life.

The Calderdale College student was dragged out of the back of a taxi and bundled into a car before she was eventually dumped in Halifax town centre.

The 17-year-old called police from the taxi after seeing that her boyfriend, with whom she had been arguing with earlier, was following her in a nearby car.

The victim had got into the taxi, heading for Stainland, at Halifax train station after returning from the Leeds home of her 25-year-old boyfriend Daniel Town, of Carr Holme Road, Chapel Allerton.

At Holywell Green, the car in which Town was a passenger pulled across a road - blocking the taxi from passing.

Town jumped out of the car, opened the door of the taxi and dragged his girlfriend out of the car and forced her into the car he was travelling in.

During the hour long ordeal, she was subjected to a tirade of abuse from Town who accused her of taking one of his mobile phones, Bradford Crown Court heard.

The court heard Town, who has been held in custody since July, committed the offence whilst on a suspended prison sentence for an offence of violence against a previous girlfriend.

On the day of the kidnap, Town was seen to push his hand into his girlfriend’s face during an argument in a supermarket.

Defending, Nigel Jameson said: “The defendant is struggling to come to terms with the fact he kidnapped her. Being younger than him, she is vulnerable but has written to the court saying she still feels strongly for him.”

Judge Roger Thomas QC Recorder of Bradford told Town: “The offence was a clearly very frightening and terrifying ordeal for the victim,” and sentenced him to 18 months in prison.