Chloe Ayling kidnapper found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in jail

13 June, 2018, 21:10 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Feb. 19 2018 Lukasz Herba sits at a Milan court Italy

The Polish man accused of drugging and kidnapping a British model in order to sell her on the dark web was found guilty Monday and sentenced to almost 17 years in prison.

When she returned to Britain, she said she was drugged, gagged, bound, stuffed into a bag, put into a auto boot and driven to a village near Turin.

Evidence shown to the court featured the model leading police to the property where she was held, and the town where she went with Herba to buy shoes and food.

"Chloe was treated like something used to satisfy his evil narcissistic needs", prosecutor Paolo Storari said in court.

Lukasz Herba, the 30-year-old defendant, got a 16-year, nine-month sentence that exceeded the prosecutor's request.

She claims she was told she had been kidnapped by an organised gang and would be auctioned off online as a sex slave.

It is alleged that his brother, Michal Herba, 37, was also part of the plot.

During the hearing the accused said he had elaborated the scheme with the young mother because he was in love with her.

Prosecutor Paolo Storari said that Ayling´s version of events was "more than founded by the evidence provided", including a message from Lucasz to Michal in which he told his brother to "clean the boot of the vehicle so that her hair would not be found".

The words of model Chloe Ayling's lawyer after a man from the Black Country was jailed in Italy for kidnapping her and holding her captive for six days.

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"I never hurt the girl. But it certainly was not as Chloe has described".

Herba claimed it was a scheme which Ms Ayling had agreed to as part of a plan to boost her career, and he invented an online group behind dark web auctions of women.

Herba told the court: "I was in love and I was hoping once her fame took off she would repay me with feelings and we would share the money".

Italian prosecutors are seeking the brother's extradition from Britain.

Storari, in his closing arguments, noted that Herba had invested at least 10,000 euros (nearly $11,800) in the kidnapping, taking into account real estate rentals and travel.

During closing arguments, his lawyer, Katia Kolakowska, cited an email she received from a U.S. 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.

"It means now she can get on with her life".

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.

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

An earlier version was corrected to show the conviction happened Monday, not Friday.

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