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Man jailed after leaving kidnapped partner naked in quarry

During the ordeal the terrified oldest child of kidnap victim Sophie Lazell said: "He's going to kill my mum."

Daniel Jones

A mother was dragged by her hair in front of her children, kidnapped and left naked in an isolated quarry after an argument with her on-off boyfriend.

Daniel Jones, 29, forced his way into Sophie Lazell’s Aldershot flat and dragged her down two flights of stairs into his car between 1am and 2am on December 11 last year, Salisbury Crown Court heard on Friday (August 1).

The former mechanic, from Carfax Avenue in Tongham, drove the terrified 25-year-old nearly four miles, stopping at a quarry in Runfold, where he dumped her naked.

Prosector Matthew Scott said Jones entered Miss Lazell’s second-floor flat at a time when the couple were going through a "rocky patch".

Jones had been released from prison six weeks earlier, after an 18-month sentence for attempted theft.

Mr Scott said: “Once inside, he became angry and used a metal bar to smash a picture on the wall, a mirror and a flat-screen TV.

He demanded she get out of bed and proceeded to drag her by the hair through the front door, out of the flat and down the stairs to the car outside, the court heard.

Inside the flat were Sophie’s two young children – aged five and seven – and her mother, who was woken by the commotion.

The disturbance was heard by neighbours who recalled a man’s voice saying: "You can run Sophie but you won’t get far."

And they also heard Sophie’s oldest child saying: "He’s going to kill my mum."

Miss Lazell made a desperate attempt to find civilisation but was forced to hide in brambles when she heard Jones’ car return. She found help at a nearby house an hour later.

Jones was arrested a month later and gave no comment in police interviews, only pleading guilty to kidnap the day before his case was listed for trial, in June.

Robert Rule, defending, said the incident came about from a "domestic argument" over Sophie being pregnant.

He said Jones had taken cocaine and had a history of drug-taking and depression, for which he was seeking help. He had been in court 20 times for driving offences, theft and perverting the course of justice.

Watched by his parents, who gave character references, Jones was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Judge Andrew Barnett told him: “I want you to be under no illusions, this is an extremely serious offence.

"You had been taking illegal drugs which fuelled the appalling incident.

"By taking Miss Lazell from her home you subjected her to a terrifying ordeal in which you left her in an isolated rural location in the middle of the night.”

Judge Barnett placed a five-year restraining order forbidding Jones from contacting the victim.

Charges of aggravated burglary, burglary and driving while disqualified will remain on file.

 

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