Man sentenced to over 16 years in prison for kidnapping model

Man sentenced to over 16 years in prison for kidnapping model”

A Polish man has been found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in jail for kidnapping a British model in Italy.

Adrian Sington, who represents Ms Ayling at talent management agency Kruger Cowne, said: "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".

Italian police said the brothers were members of a group called the Black Death, which tries to sell women on the dark web as sex slaves.

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

But in his shifting storyline, Herba also testified previously that he had concocted the alleged criminal group and that his brother was helping him in the scheme, agreed to by Ms Ayling.

Herba claims he did not knowingly take part in any crime, his lawyer said.

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.

Lukasz Herba, 30, was jailed for 16 years and nine months at the Milan court.

Herba said he didn't tell police that Ayling was in on the scheme during his initial statements because he believed she would come forward herself and defend him. In his initial statement to police, he said he did so out of sympathy for her role as a mother.

He said: "She wanted to be a model and she wanted to go on reality TV".

The Guardian reports that prosecutors said Herba drugged Ayling with ketamine when she arrived at a photo shoot in Milan.

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

"I never hurt the girl". "If she felt forced verbally in any way, I am very sorry".

"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.

Herba's brother, who also denies being involved, is in the process of being extradited to the United Kingdom on kidnapping charges.

In his closing arguments, Storari noted that Herba had invested at least 10,000 euros (A$15,503) in the kidnapping, taking into account real estate rentals and travel.

The prosecutor also cited Herba's purchase of two ski masks - Ayling said her kidnappers were wearing them when they freed her 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.

"Let´s not forget she was bundled into a suitcase, injected with ketamine in the boot of a vehicle and thought she was going to die", Sington added. "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 freakish story, but it's a true one'".

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