Man gets prison for kidnapping model Chloe Ayling

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

Lukasz Herba, 30, from Tividale, was jailed for almost 17 years after being convicted of kidnapping the model by an Italian court.

Herba's sentence of 16 years and nine months exceeded the prosecutor's request by one month.

Picture: APAyling was lured to Milan with the promise of a modelling gig and then drugged when she showed up at a mocked-up photographic studio.

He said she had suffered mental and physical abuse during the six-day ordeal last July.

The judges recognised the British model's right to compensation, the amount of which will be determined at a later date, according to the Italian media.

There, she was held for six days before Herba released her at the British consulate in Milan, prosecutors said.

"I am very happy with the outcome, I want to thank the Court and all those who believed in what I said, from the staff to the police investigators up to the prosecutor. But it certainly was not as Chloe has described".

Ayling´s lawyer Francesco Pesce said the young model was considering taking legal action to claim damages from those who had "thrown mud" and tried to discredit her - referring to media speculation in certain British tabloids which questioned the model´s version of events during the investigation.

Lukasz Herba sits beside his lawyer in court. But when he found out Ayling was a mom they said she wouldn't sell for as much as "returned her" to the consulate.

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Chloe, of Coulsdon, south London, told prosecutors she did not try to escape from the farmhouse because she believed Herba's story that he was working for a criminal gang who were constantly watching.

When no money came through, he released her, hoping he would show some kind of fake "mercy" which would build her feelings for him.

He told Ayling Black Death was preparing to auction her as a sex slave unless a 300,000 Euro ransom was met.

She denied suggestions that the kidnapping was a hoax after it was reported she had gone on a shopping trip with her alleged captor, Lukasz Pawel Herba.

The guilty man's brother, Michal Herba, 37, was arrested in Sandwell last August and is due to be extradited to face trial in Italy.

During closing arguments, his lawyer, Katia Kolakowska, cited an email she received from a USA film producer, who pointed out that Ayling's story closely matches the plot of a movie titled "By Any Means", that was released about eight weeks before the 2017 kidnapping.

The prosecutor also cited Herba's purchase of two ski masks, which Chloe said she saw kidnappers wearing when she was freed from the canvas bag, and the exchange of notes with his brother about cleaning the auto trunk well to make sure there were no traces of her hair.

"This has been an incredible burden on her shoulders for the past year in the face of media criticism of her motivation, and this is vindication - her story is true", her agent, Adrian Sington said.

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