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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 December, 2003, 12:31 GMT
Buyer jailed for homeowner threats
Lester Stacey
Lester Stacey said he did not regret his actions
A businessman who held a homeowner prisoner after he increased the price of his Staffordshire farmhouse has been jailed for three years.

Lester Stacey, a mobile home dealer, threatened to cut out vendor Adam Adamou's heart and gouge out his eyes after he was told the agreed price of the house would be increased by more than 150,000.

Stacey, 39, of Green Lane, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, was found guilty of false imprisonment and assault at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in November.

Recorder Jill Darbyshire, sitting at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday, said she accepted that Stacey was upset at the collapse of the property deal but no amount of disappointment could justify the attack on Mr Adamou.

'No regrets'

"When he complained of suffering angina pains, you did nothing to help him and continued to terrify him," she said.

Adam Adamou
Mr Adamou was assaulted and held prisoner in his own home
The court was told at an earlier hearing that Stacey went round to the house, punched Mr Adamou in the face and kept him prisoner in his own home for several hours.

Stacey also pulled his phone of the wall and refused his requests for an ambulance after he complained of chest pains.

Speaking to BBC Midlands Today in November Stacey said that he did not regret his actions.

"I'm pretty sure that anyone facing the circumstances that I was in would have done the same," he said.

"I have no regrets."

Home owner held prisoner
05 Nov 03  |  Staffordshire

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