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Youth accused of abducting children in stolen car refuses to face court

Published 18/08/2016

The court was told the teenager refused to come out of his cell at Pentonville Prison
The court was told the teenager refused to come out of his cell at Pentonville Prison

A teenager accused of stealing a car with two children inside, including an 11-month-old baby, has refused to appear in court.

Martin Cawley, 19, was scheduled to appear at Wood Green Crown Court via video-link, charged with kidnap, child abduction and aggravated taking and driving away.

The incident allegedly occurred after a 27-year-old woman parked her three-door Vauxhall Astra in Kempe Road, Enfield, north London, on July 2, leaving her 12-year-old daughter and the baby inside.

After the mother left the car, a man got in and, as he drove off, the young girl was able to escape from the moving vehicle but the baby remained trapped inside.

The youngster was found a short time later, uninjured, on the doorstep of a house in Guinevere Gardens, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

The car was later found abandoned in Coopers Walk, Cheshunt.

A guard at HMP Pentonville appeared on screen to inform the court on Thursday that Cawley was refusing to come out of his cell.

The matter was rescheduled and Cawley, of no fixed address, will appear in custody at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday at 11am.

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