The abductor of glamor model Chloe Ayling has reduced the prison sentence to Italy by five years because “he acted out of love”
- Lukasz Herba, 30, was imprisoned for more than 16 years last year for abduction
- The sentence tore because he brought her to the British consulate after her trial
- Chloe was snatched when she popped up for a fake photo shoot in Milan
One of the kidnappers of the British model Chloe Ayling has reduced his 16-year prison sentence by almost five years in Italy for acting “compassionately” and “out of love” when he released her.
Lukasz Herba (30) and his brother Michal grabbed the terrified Chloe in Milan and brought her to a remote farm that had been pressed into a bag in July 2017.
Both were imprisoned the following year for the abduction of the former Celebrity Big Brother star.
But a court of appeal has determined that Lukasz must serve 12 years and a month instead of the 16 years and nine months he originally received.
The verdict says that Lukasz “acted out of love” because he did not “leave her” in a remote area when he released her after six days, but instead drove to the British consulate in Milan.
Chloe, 22, from Coulsdon, in southwest London, was thrown away by the brothers when she popped up for a fake photo shoot and injected with ketamine tranquilizer.
Chloe Ayling was kidnapped in Milan in July 2018 and driven to an isolated farm that was pressed into a bag after popping up for a fake photo shoot
Lukasz Herba, 30, was imprisoned for 16 years and nine months last year for the kidnapping of Chloe
Cooling images show the model, 21, drugged on the ground before she was abducted
She broke into tears in court last summer when she described that she was caught and drugged by a man in a balaclava who said he was part of a shady gang called Black Death who threatened to auction her as a sex slave on the internet unless £ 230,000 ransom was paid.
The brothers tried to claim that the abduction was a publicity stunt of which the mother was a part to stimulate her modeling career.
She said to the court: “I tried to get away. There was a hand in front of my mouth and I couldn’t breathe. I tried to get the hand off my face, but I couldn’t fight much longer.
“I immediately felt sleepy and fell unconscious on the floor. When I woke up, I was in a limited space, in a black duffel bag.
“I had tape around my mouth and I had handcuffs on my wrists and handcuffs on my ankles.”
Chloe published a “diary” of her time in captivity, which revealed a softer side to Lukasz and told him to teach her how to play battleships to pass the time.
Lukasz’s brother, Michal, 38, was imprisoned for 16 years in December 2018 for his part in the kidnapping after extradition from Oldbury, West Midlands, where he had lived with his brother.
Last month she announced a trio with fellow Big Brother participants Dan Osborne and Natalia Nunn.
She has also dated the former Premier League football player Jermaine Pennant.
Model Chloe Ayling later appeared on Celebrity Big Brother
Michal Herba (above) has now had his sentence reduced by a court of appeal for almost five years because he acted “compassionately” and “out of love” when he released her.
Kidnapped victim Chloe Ayling pictured with an Italian court via video link from London during the trial of her kidnappers last year
An Italian police officer demonstrated how Mrs. Ayling could have been kept in a bag as part of the evidence in the kidnapping process
Michal Herba depicted during his kidnapping trial in Milan in 2018
Lukasz Herba (photo) was imprisoned in June 2018 after being found guilty of abducting Chloe, but has now reduced his sentence by nearly five years