Man who abducted ex-partner and forced her to drive to Aldi jailed

The terrified victim was driving a toddler home from a Glasgow nursery when Canning jumped in the vehicle.

Vincent Canning held ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and and forced her to drive him to Aldi in Glasgow iStock

A man who abducted his former partner and a three-year-old boy in her car and ordered her to take him to Aldi has been jailed for 36 months.

Vincent Canning jumped in the woman’s car as she drove the toddler from nursery in Drumchapel, Glasgow on October 28, 2021.

The 31-year-old produced a knife and told the terrified victim: “You have five seconds to drive away before I’ll stab you.”

Canning ordered the sobbing woman to “calm down” and bit her arm during the journey which ended at the supermarket.

Canning pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to abduction, possession of a knife in a public place and breaching bail.

Sheriff Tony Kelly ordered Canning to be under supervision for nine months upon his release from prison.

The court earlier heard the victim was driving home from nursery when Canning pulled her over in the middle of the road.

He went into the front passenger seat while the child was in the back.

Canning denied drinking despite smelling of alcohol before producing the knife and making the threat to drive.

The woman initially drove to a B&M store where Canning spat on her.

Prosecutor Lauren Donnelly said: “The victim was terrified, shaking and thought she was going to be sick.”

Canning initially left the car and the woman tried to drive away but he was able to get back in the vehicle.

Ms Donnelly said: “Canning said they should go to an Aldi instead.”

Canning’s victim was crying during the journey.

Ms Donnelly added: “He told her to calm down and bit her on the arm.

“She tried to get out of the car but Canning told her ‘look at me, look at me’ and grabbed her hand away when she tried to get other motorists’ attention by flashing her lights.”

The woman was able to leave the vehicle at the Aldi car park and approached another driver before mouthing “police.”

The trio went into the Aldi before police arrived and arrested Canning before finding a lock back knife in the passenger side of the vehicle.

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