Man gets over 16 years in prison for kidnapping U.K. model

Model Chloe Ayling 20 who has reportedly arrived back in the UK and left a police

Ayling was quickly met with media doubting her story, but her then alleged kidnapper, Lukasz Herba was sentenced to 16 years in prison for abduction and trying to receive ransom money over Ayling.

The court handed Lukasz Herba a prison sentence of 16 years and nine months - a month longer than prosecutors had requested.

Ayling - who was 20 years old at the time - claimed to have been drugged and kidnapped after being lured to Milan on the false promise of attending a fashion shoot.

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.

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

The judges recognised the British model's right to compensation, the amount of which will be determined at a later date, according to the Italian media.

She was held as her captor tried to auction her off online but after six days was released to the British consulate, it was said. "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'". In his initial statement to police, he said he did so out of sympathy for her role as a mother. "But it certainly was not as Chloe has described".

After the verdict, Ms Kolakowska expressed disappointment the court did not take into account that Ms Ayling emerged from the ordeal unharmed, which would have limited the sentence. He said it was unrealistic that Herba would have done so only to get ransom money through a young woman without any means.

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Adrian Sington, who represents Ms Ayling at talent management agency Kruger Cowne, said: "This has been an incredible burden on her shoulders for the a year ago in the face of media criticism of her motivation, and this is vindication - her story is true". She said she would appeal.

The guilty man's brother, Michal Herba, 37, was arrested in Sandwell last August and is due to be extradited to face trial in Italy.

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.

"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", Sington added.

During closing arguments, his lawyer, Katia Kolakowska, cited an email she received from a U.S. film producer, who pointed out Ms Ayling's story closely matched the plot of a movie By Any Means, that was released about eight weeks before the kidnapping.

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.

Ayling's agent Adrian Sington said the ruling was vindication for his client.

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