Man jailed for imprisoning and assaulting teenage girl - St Albans

08/12/2014

A man appeared at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 05 December 2014, and was jailed for five years with a parole licence extended for two years after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and assault occassioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

Danny Wills also known as James Bowman, aged 30, of Chequer Street, St Albans befriended his 16-year-old victim and kept her locked inside his flat where he physically and psychologically abused her and threatened to kill her.

He controlled her to such a degree that the victim was eventually isolated from family and friends.

The girl managed to escape in June when her father tracked her down and raised his concerns. He was shocked to find her thin, dirty, distressed and bruised.

Hospital staff found 50 marks of injury on the girl where she had been hit with a metal pole, a curtain pole and his hands.  He had also tried to strangle her, put her head under water, took away her mobile phone, forced drugs on her and barely fed her.

Recorder Ian Gatt QC said: "I am satisfied you are dangerous.  I am concerned by the escalation of your offending behaviour, particularly in a domestic context."