first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » ‘Danger to public’ kidnapper of estate agent refused parole previous nextAgencies & People‘Danger to public’ kidnapper of estate agent refused paroleMichael Sams put Birmingham agent Stephanie Slater through a horrendous four-day ordeal before releasing her after a £175,000 ransom was paid by her employer.Nigel Lewis15th June 202002,506 Views Photocredit: West Midlands PoliceThe kidnapper of West Midlands estate agent Stephanie Slater has been refused parole and will have to spend at least another year in prison.Michael Sams, who is now 78, was given multiple life sentences in 1993 after he was convicted of kidnapping Slater in January 1992 for four days, and also for the murder of Leeds woman Julie Dart the year before.According to The Sun newspaper, his parole board still considers Sams to still be a danger to the public.Slater, who worked for Birmingham estate agent Shipways at the time, attended a house viewing in Great Barr where she rendezvoused with Sams, who had booked the appointment using a pseudonym.He then kidnapped her at knifepoint and took Slater, bound and gagged, to his workshop.Held captiveThere she was held captive within a modified wheelie bin ‘coffin’ until her employer paid a £175,000 ransom, only £25,000 of which was ever recovered.Sams was later identified after his voicemail ransom demand was played during a CrimeWatch TV programme and his wife recognised his voice.Barr was released from her ordeal but suffered significant mental health issues following it and did not return to estate agency,  and suffered in particular from severe anxiety about Sams one day being released.Slater subsequently moved to the Isle of Wight where she both worked as a tourist guide and with police to help forces understand the mental and physical trauma endured by kidnap victims.She later alleged that Sams had raped her during her captivity and went on to write a book about her torment but died in 2017 after a brief battle with cancer, aged 50.The story of Slater’s experience had many similarities with that of Suzy Lamplugh, who is also believed that have been abducted after meeting a client at a property viewing.Stephanie Slater Michael Sams Shipways Isle of Wight June 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more