TWO thugs who stole a keyless car with three sleeping young children inside have been jailed after cops found a video of them laughing about the incident.
Reggie Stovell and Badri Hussein stole the grey Range Rover as the children’s mother went into a shop in Fulham, South West London, in February of this year.
Badri Hussein, 19, was found guilty of child abduction[/caption]
Reggie Stovell, 19, was jailed for nine months[/caption]
She had left her sleeping children, aged three, five and seven, in the car with the engine running and doors closed, keeping the keys with her.
The distraught woman raised the alarm after she returned a few moments later and contacted police.
Cops found the car abandoned half a mile away after a member of the public found the three children crying in the back of the vehicle.
Officers then launched an investigation into the theft, and when they raided Stovell’s home in April they discovered a phone with a video on it of the incident.
It showed the two 19-year-olds driving dangerously and laughing as the kids were thrown from side to side in the back of a car, crying.
Both Stovell and Hussein were found guilty of child abduction after a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.
Stovell was sentenced to nine months in prison, and also found guilty of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
Hussein was also sentenced to nine months, and found guilty of allowing himself to be carried in a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of cannabis.
Detective Sergeant Kieran Curry of Central West CID, said: “The mother in this incident faced every parent’s worst nightmare when she tried to run a simple errand and found her children and vehicle had disappeared without a trace.
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“Thankfully, they were safely reunited and the children suffered no harm, but the incident was no less traumatic.
“The actions of Stovell and Hussein that day were incomprehensible in their dangerousness and lack of concern not just for the children but for other road users and pedestrians.’’
“I’d like to thank every officer involved in this case, from the investigative team, to those response officers who quickly worked to find the children and the vehicle after the incident occurred.”
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