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Man jailed for 16-years for kidnap of Surrey model

Herba is standing trial for the alleged kidnap Image Herba has been jailed for the kidnapping
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 07:40

But today Italian prosecutor Paolo Storari sentenced Herba to 16 years and nine month behind bars, saying he based the sentence on the possibility that Miss Ayling could have died during the July 2017 kidnapping.

Miss Ayling, 20, was lured to a fake modelling shoot in Milan where she was drugged, bundled into the boot of a vehicle and held for six days while captors tried to sell her as a sex slave on the internet.

Herba's defence said that the model had organised the kidnapping with the Pole as a publicity stunt to boost her professional career.

An Italian court has convicted a Polish man of kidnapping a 20-year-old British model. A verdict could come later in the day.

He was arrested after releasing her at the British consulate.

Lukasz Herba has been found guilty of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling.

Ms Ayling said in her original statement to police that she was held captive and never left the remote farmhouse dwelling where she was being detained.

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

One lawyer for Ms Ayling, Francesco Pesce, called it "quite an important verdict".

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Chloe Ayling's agent said Herba's conviction was proof her story was true.

Though he was sentenced to 16 years and nine months in the slammer for the plot, Herba's lawyers maintained in their closing arguments that the kidnapping was a publicity stunt, citing an email from a U.S. film producer who said Ayling's story matched the plot of the 2017 film "By Any Means". "I was not violent with her", Herba said.

And he went on to say Chloe "has quit modeling", explaining, "she has lost any faith and any trust in the industry after her ordeal".

She is reported to have said in her police statement to Milan police: 'The man who was with me at the consulate - after my kidnapping at the studio and after two men took me to an apartment by auto - was the only one who held me prisoner for entire duration of my kidnapping, who watched over me, stopped me from going out or escaping, threatening me that they would kill me if I did so.

"I was in love and I was hoping that once her fame took off that she would repay me with feelings and we would share the money", he said.

"It means now she can get on with her life - she's able to say, "I know it's a freaky story but it's a true one".

The young model told police she never tried to escape, even when she accompanied her kidnapper into a shoe store, because she was terrified and believed his threats that he was part of a bigger criminal gang.

The Italian court is also seeking extradition for Herba's brother Michal over the 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 a note with his brother telling him to clean the trunk of the auto well to make sure that there were no traces of her hair.

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