Burwell crossbow kidnap thug jailed for 15 years

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A drug-crazed thug who kidnapped his girlfriend and forced her on a ten-hour terror drive with a crossbow at her throat has been jailed for 15 years.

Psychotic Alex Wallis, 35, held his victim captive and ordered her to take him from his home in Silver Street in Burwell to her parents in Worcestershire to get money for him.

He punched and headbutted her and made her drive to banks in Cambridge, Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry in search of cash.

On the way he stopped to buy cocaine and threatened to set ‘the Essex boys’ onto her family if she failed to co-operate with him.

Police caught him when a witness saw his terrified victim gesturing for help in a car near McDonald’s in Coventry.

Officers discovered a mini arsenal of weapons in his car and home, including a serrated steel wire garrotte used for strangling, a crossbow and arrows, a knuckle duster, sword, BB imitation handguns and knives, as well as 19 cannabis plants with a street value of between £4,000 and £11,000.

Wallis was jailed via video link at Cambridge Crown Court after he refused to leave prison for the hearing. Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: “You subjected her to a terrifying ordeal in which you threatened her life with a knife and threatened death to her parents. She believed she was going to die.”

Wallis admitted producing a controlled class B drug, possessing an imitation firearm, having an offensive weapon, two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, having an article with a blade, assault by beating, false imprisonment and having an imitation firearm in a public place.

The court heard the pair met on an online dating site last year and the woman transferred £1,700 into Wallis’s account for “gadgets”. He swore it was not for drugs. The terror ride happened in January when Wallis asked for £500 but the woman said she had no money left.He punched her and told her to drive from to Worcestershire to pick up a bank card she was due to be sent for a new account.