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Lucasz Herba guilty of kidnapping model Chloe Ayling

13 June 2018

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

After her release she said she had been drugged and stuffed in a suitcase.

One officer giving evidence to the trial described how the model suffered "physical violence including being drugged, handcuffed and brutally transported inside a suitcase".

Defendant Herba, 30, had claimed Ms Ayling agreed to the scheme to boost her career.

"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".

"It's hard if you're being painted in the press as a liar, and now she's able to be able to say: 'I know it's a freakish story but it's a true one'".

Chloe Ayling, 20, told Italian police she had been lured to a photo shoot in Italy's fashion capital last summer, abducted and held captive for six days.

In court he said he had invented a group he presented as being behind deep-web auctions of women on encrypted sites. His brother Michal helped him kidnap Ayling. She intends to appeal.

"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". In his initial statement to police, he said he did so out of sympathy for the fact she was a mother.

Italian law foresees a sentence of 25 to 30 years for kidnapping and extortion, but prosecutors asked the court in Milan to make allowance for the short duration of the abduction and a narcissistic personality disorder from which Herba was said to have.

Herba, 37, who lives in Sandwell, in the West Midlands, claimed the former Page 3 girl had approached him as she was "cash-strapped".

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.

She said she had been told that she would be auctioned off online since she was not able to come up with 300,000 euros ($355,000) that the criminal "Black Death" group was seeking.

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 vehicle trunk well to make sure there were no traces of her hair. He said it was unrealistic that Herba would have done so only to get ransom money through a young woman without any means.

Ayling's lawyer, Pesce, dismissed the attempt to discredit his client, saying "there have been films made about every crime in the world".

In August 2017 model Chloe Ayling went to what she believed was a photo shoot in Milan and instead was kidnapped and nearly sold into the sex slavery.

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

Lucasz Herba guilty of kidnapping model Chloe Ayling