A thug has been jailed for six years and five months for dragging a mum from her car and driving away with her three screaming kids still on the back seat.
The woman’s daughters, aged four, five, and seven, cried out in terror as cocaine addict Ryan Fraser, 27, sped off in the black Ford Kuga.
Fraser spotted the 40-year-old getting out of her car outside a hairdresser’s in Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, at 9am on Saturday, October 3.
He dragged her away from the motor, screaming in her face and shoved her across the pavement onto the ground.
The children were crying out in the back of the car as she was dragged away by the ankles.
Somehow the brave mum got back on her feet and tried to stop the car from being driven away by holding onto the driver’s door for as long as she could.
Fraser ‘drove erratically and repeatedly told the children to shut up’, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Accomplice Andrew Hall, in the passenger seat, pleaded with Fraser to pull over and let the children out.
This was the terrifying moment the mother was pulled out of the car in the Leeds attack
The girls were dropped off outside a house a few hundred yards away around the corner.
An hour later, the car was dumped and torched by Fraser, his ex Nicole Swaine, and another girl, Rachel Barrow.
Speaking of the mum’s ordeal, Prosecutor Kitty Colley said: ‘In those minutes, she had no idea what had happened to her children or what would happen to them.’
The woman was still suffering back pain from the attack and fears she will never fully recover.
This worries her as she plans on raising the three young children she had been fostering, her personal statement added.
She said the children now have sleeping problems and the four-year-old girl told her: ‘I can’t get them nasty men out of my mind.’
She said she dreads going anywhere alone, is forever looking over her shoulder and plans where she is going to park.
Fraser admitted robbery, three offences of kidnap and one of arson on October 3 last year.
The shocking moment was shown in court which heard the vehicle was later torched
Hall, 34, of Rothwell, Leeds, was jailed for five years and six months after pleading guilty robbery.
The girls, also from Rothwell, admitted arson.
Swaine, 23, was given a six-month suspended prison sentence.
Barrow, also known by her ex-partner’s surname Woolams, 29, received a three-month suspended sentence.
Det Sgt Naeem Khan, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: ‘This was a horrific event. It was must have been very distressing for the victim who saw her three young children driven away. I can only imagine how scared and worried she was for their welfare.’