A man who posed as an MI5 spy to con his victims out of £1m has won an appeal against two of his convictions.
Hendy-Freegard said his kidnap convictions were incorrect
Robert Hendy-Freegard, 36, from Blyth, Notts, was convicted in 2005 on two counts of kidnap, 10 counts of theft and eight counts of deception.
His kidnapping convictions have been quashed but he will still have to serve a nine-year sentence given in 2005.
This means Hendy-Freegard should be released by the end of the year, with remission and time spent in custody.
At London's Court of Appeal, Hendy-Freegard's barrister, Tim Owen QC, argued the charges of kidnapping against his client were incorrect.
He said the offence of kidnapping required, in law, deprivation of a victim's liberty and free will and there was no evidence of this in the case against his client.
The appeal judges, Lord Phillips, the Lord chief Justice, sitting with Mr Justice Burton and Mr Justice Stanley Burnton, said on Wednesday they would give reasons for their decisions to quash the kidnap convictions at a later date.
Hendy-Freegard was convicted in June 2005 after subjecting his victims to years of poverty after they carried out bizarre missions for him over a 10-year period.
The former barman and car salesman worked at a pub in Newport, Shropshire, when the con began in 1992.
One woman, Elizabeth Richardson, who worked in the same car dealership as Hendy-Freegard in Sheffield, gave him thousands of pounds after beginning an affair.
She was also meant to sleep on park benches in Peterborough as a test of her loyalty. She was found living in a hovel in Dunton Bassett, Leicestershire.
Other victims included John Atkinson, a student, who fled Newport in Shropshire when he was told his life was in danger and handed over more than £300,000.
Speaking after his trial in 2005, Metropolitan Police Det Sgt Bob Brandon said Hendy-Freegard lived a millionaire lifestyle while his victims lived in abject poverty.
"He was motivated by power; he was a sad, pathetic individual who achieved nothing from his life but by pretending to be a spy he had power and control over people."