Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Chloe Ayling Kidnapper Lukasz Herba Found Guilty

Chloe Ayling Kidnapper Lukasz Herba Found Guilty

Today Polish national Lukasz Herba, 30, was sentenced to 16 years and nine months' imprisonment by an Italian court for kidnapping Chloe.

The mother of one was held for six days before suddenly being released at the British Consulate in Milan.

Prosecutors said Herba had met Ayling in England at least once before and was "obsessed" with her, and pretended to be from a criminal group called Black Death as part of a convoluted scheme to win her affections.

Herba has claimed that the kidnap plot was faked as a publicity stunt, but Ayling has always said that she was never part of any scam.

"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 was evident that she needed help, because she was without money, I had become her friend and I was in love with her", Herba said, "I did everything to help her, all the worldwide scandal that resulted from it was only used to make her famous".

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

Her lawyer, Francesco Pesce, described the court's decision on Monday "quite an important verdict" and said he would seeking half a million euros (£441,000) in compensation in separate proceedings, while conceding it was unlikely that Herba would be able to pay.

Mr Sington said: "Let's not forget she was bundled into a suitcase, injected with ketamine in the boot of a auto, and thought she was going to die".

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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". They said Herba had not been seen for around three weeks before the kidnapping in July 2017.

Herba said he didn't tell police that Ayling was in on the deception initially because he believed she would come forward to defend him.

Herba maintained his innocence throughout the trial, saying he was never violent with Ms Ayling.

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

Ms Ayling denied suggestions the kidnapping was a hoax after it was reported she had gone on a shopping trip with her alleged captor, 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba.

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.

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 a note to his brother telling him to clean the trunk of the auto well to make sure that there were no traces of her hair.

"And it means now she can get on with her life". "It's hard if you're being painted in the press as a liar, and now she's able to say, "I know it's a weird story, but it's a true one".

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