Teenager who stole car with two kids in the back sentenced to two years


Teenager who stole car with two kids in the back sentenced to two years

Martin Cawley, 19, has been sentenced to two years (Picture: PA)

A teenager who stole a car with two children inside, before abandoning the baby on a doorstep has been sentenced to two years.

As Martin Cawley, 19, drove off one of the children, a 12-year-old girl, leapt from the vehicle, leaving her baby brother in the backseat.

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The dramatic footage of the girl leaping from the speeding vehicle was caught on CCTV footage that was issued by police in the hunt for Cawley.

He later dumped the 11-month-old baby still strapped in his seat outside a block of flats three miles away.

Cawley then headed to his aunt’s house where he smoked a joint, and told her he needed number plates for his new car.

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A CCTV grab shows the moment a 12-year-old girls jumps from her mother’s car (Picture: PA/Met Police)

Miraculously the girl escaped with only minor grazes after the incident on July 2 this year, which was described as ‘every parents worst nightmare’.

Cawley, who was high on drugs, jumped in the black Vauxhall Astra which was left with the keys in the ignition by the mother while she popped into a shop in Enfield, north London.

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The 27-year-old mother had been on her way to a wedding with her children when she stopped to buy crisps at about 12.45pm.

Cawley, who had no driving licence, sped off in a manner which ‘might have been described as careless, if not aggressive’, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

He was jailed today for two years, after pleading guilty in August to charges of kidnap, abduction and aggravated vehicle taking.

Cawley, of Kentish Town, north London, also admitted two summary charges – one of driving without a licence, and one of driving without insurance relating to the same offence.