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Car-jacker jailed for stealing Audi with toddler inside

Lee Southall Photo: West Midlands Police

A man from Birmingham who car-jacked an Audi with a toddler inside has been jailed for more than seven years.

Lee Southall, of no fixed address, pretended to flag down the car to ask for directions in Francis Road in Stechford last September.

As the driver pulled over and opened his window Southall punched him in the face and sprayed him with an unknown substance before grabbing the keys and driving off. The driver and his partner were left at the roadside.

The 39-year-old stopped the car down the road to drop off the toddler who was in the car.

Southall got away with the car and it was never recovered.

At Birmingham Crown Court Southall was jailed for seven and a half years with an extended licence period of four years.

This young couple only stopped their car to offer help and found themselves by the side of the road watching their son being driven away at considerable speed.

Thankfully the two-year-old boy's ordeal lasted only a few seconds and he was swiftly reunited, unhurt, with his parents...but his father suffered a cut lip and other facial injuries.

By chance the child’s mother spotted Southall whilst browsing a friend’s Facebook page a few days later. Southall became aware he’d been identified and went on the run…but we found him a month later.

– DC Damian Forrest, from the force’s Criminal Investigation Department