Holiday Horror Lorry Driver Jailed For Kidnapping And Torturing Mum And Her Children During During Cornwall Trip
Holiday horror: Lorry driver jailed for kidnapping and torturing mum and her children during during Cornwall trip
A lorry driver kidnapped and tortured a mother and her three young children while they were on holiday – during a terrifying FIVE hour ordeal, a court heard.
Steven Challands handcuffed the woman to a bed while he stabbed her in the neck and attacked her with a metal bar.
The horror was witnessed by the victim”s three children – who are all under ten years old and thought they were going to die – after cable ties were used to restrain them.
Challands, 34, of Rotherham, Yorkshire, was jailed for 14 years for the chilling attack – after a judge at Truro Crown Court heard he had subjected the family, who were on break in Cornwall, to "unimaginable terror."
He admitted wounding with intent, grievous bodily harm, assault and four counts of false imprisonment.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, woke in the middle of the night at an apartment in Sennen in May 2014 to find Challands beating her with a metal bar.
Prosecutor Philip Lee described it as a pre-meditated attack.
He said: "She woke up to find the defendant in the process of striking her to the head with a metal bar.
Caged: Steven Challands
"In another hand he held a kitchen knife which he used to stab her in the stomach and the head.
"She feared he intended to kill her and then kill her children."
Mr Lee said the children were gagged for some of the time and "each of them feared he would kill them".
The ordeal, which began at about 1am, only ended five hours later when the mother was able to escape and raise the alarm.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said the circumstances were "extremely chilling and disturbing".
He told the defendant: "You had been planning for some time to inflict some degree of violence and in effect to kidnap and torture this innocent family."
The judge said they had been left "deeply traumatised".
He said: "During the time when they were in your power they must have thought they were about to be killed – to be murdered in cold blood."
Andrew Langdon QC, for Challands, said the HGV driver had left school with no qualifications and "felt his life was a failure".