Chloe Ayling has denied she was in on the kidnapping. Picture: Facebook
Chloe Ayling has denied she was in on the kidnapping. Picture: Facebook

Kidnapped model ‘wrote own ransom note’

BRITISH model Chloe Ayling helped write ransom notes sent by her "kidnapper", a court has heard.

Lucasz Herba, 30, made the claim as he gave evidence at his trial for the first time, reports The Sun.

After saying he and Ayling helped had met via Facebook in the summer of 2015, Herba repeated his claim that she had written the ransom emails.

He said: "She wrote them with me. My English isn't too good. She collaborated. She knew that when all the scandal was over she would earn a lot of money and publicity."

Mum-of-one Ayling, 20, claims she was drugged, bundled into the back of a car and held hostage for six days after turning up for a bogus photoshoot in Milan, Italy.

Chloe Ayling has alleged that she was drugged and held hostage for six days. Picture: Facebook
Chloe Ayling has alleged that she was drugged and held hostage for six days. Picture: Facebook

Polish-born Herba allegedly snatched her to sell her on the dark web as part of a human trafficking group known as Black Death.

She was released five days later but critics pointed to footage of her shopping with Herba as evidence the kidnap was a publicity stunt - a claim she has always denied.

Today giving evidence in Polish, Herba told the court: "The kidnap was planned but it's complicated and not as the girl says."

Chloe Ayling with alleged kidnapper Lukasz Herba the day before she was found. Picture: Supplied
Chloe Ayling with alleged kidnapper Lukasz Herba the day before she was found. Picture: Supplied

Herba arrived in court in Milan overnight flanked by two armed prison guards wearing the same blue fleece and jeans as he has since the trial started.

Prosecutor Paolo Storari asked him about an email ransom note sent to Ayling's agent Phil Green in which he described himself as a "medium-high level killer with Black Death".

Softly spoken Herba sensationally told the packed courtroom: "That was written with the girl."

Herba also denied injecting Ayling with the horse tranquilliser Ketamine and added rather than being "put in a holdall" she had got in herself to leave her DNA.

Lukasz Herba is on trial for the kidnapping of a British model. Picture: AP/Antonio Calanni
Lukasz Herba is on trial for the kidnapping of a British model. Picture: AP/Antonio Calanni

He added: "I'm telling the truth. It was a plan to help Chloe get publicity. The idea was to make up the kidnap to make her famous."

The court also heard that after he was arrested last July Herba told cops and investigating magistrates he had kidnapped Ayling for a Romanian gang.

 

He also said he had been diagnosed with leukaemia and needed the money for treatment and that was why he planned the snatch, it was claimed.

He had initially said Ayling was going to be auctioned as a sex slave for the Black Death group.

The model has alleged she was kidnapped by sex traffickers. Picture: Facebook
The model has alleged she was kidnapped by sex traffickers. Picture: Facebook

But under questioning from Mr Storari he denied everything he has told investigators during his interrogation.

Herba said: "It was all invented. I don't have leukaemia. There were no Romanians and there was no Black Death group."

When asked why he had described himself as a "CIA operative who had worked for Special Forces, private military agencies in Iraq, Afghanistan", Herba told the court, "It was all prepared for Chloe.

Lukasz Herba told a court the kidnapping was “all prepared for Chloe”. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun
Lukasz Herba told a court the kidnapping was “all prepared for Chloe”. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun

"Chloe knows how things went. It's not at all as she describes."

Earlier the court heard Herba had asked his brother to buy a gun and a large bag - telling him: "You know why we are going to use it".

Emails recovered from his computer revealed the chilling message in the run-up to the model's alleged abduction, the Daily Mail reported.

The outside of the farmhouse where kidnapped model Chloe Ayling was held. Picture: Ray Collins/The Sun
The outside of the farmhouse where kidnapped model Chloe Ayling was held. Picture: Ray Collins/The Sun

Analysis of Herba's laptop also showed he bought two balaclavas that were sent to his home in the Midlands.

In a message to brother Michal, he added: "Buy a big travel bag. You know what you need, therefore it must be great." Michal replied: "OK".

According to police expert Angelo Maria D'Archangeli, giving evidence in the Milan court, another message mentioned a semiautomatic weapon - although none were found by police.

Earlier, video shown to jurors captured Ayling returning to the bed she claims she shared with her alleged abductor in an isolated Italian farmhouse.

Chloe Ayling said she had been put in a car boot. Picture: Supplied
Chloe Ayling said she had been put in a car boot. Picture: Supplied

Chilling footage sees 20-year-old Ayling, dressed in short jeans and a grey strappy top, walking detectives through the supposed hide-out near Turin.

"This is where I slept with Lucasz," Ayling says, pointing to a double bed in the footage. "He was on one side and I was on the other."

Gianluca Simontacchi of the Milan flying squad, said Ayling was "distressed" when asked to return to the farmhouse where she endured "physical and psychological violence".

He added: "She was a little nervous and distressed to go back but she returned with her lawyer so we could film."

At the farmhouse Ayling described how she had been bound by her hands and feet with handcuffs.

Chloe Ayling has described being bound by her hands and feet with handcuffs. Picture: Facebook
Chloe Ayling has described being bound by her hands and feet with handcuffs. Picture: Facebook

Forensic toxicologist Angela Napolitano had said a urine sample for ketamine came back negative but a hair sample showed evidence of the drug.

Prosecutors say she was injected with the horse tranquilliser after she was snatched and a needle mark was found on her wrist.

During cross-examination, Ms Napolitano said it was not possible to establish when exactly the ketamine had been taken as it can stay in hair samples for up to eight weeks.

Other witnesses including Ayling's agent Phil Green - and Herba's brother Michal - are expected to testify.

Video evidence of British model Chloe Ayling is played in court during a trial on the alleged kidnapping of the model. Picture: AP/Antonio Calanni
Video evidence of British model Chloe Ayling is played in court during a trial on the alleged kidnapping of the model. Picture: AP/Antonio Calanni

Michal is fighting extradition to Italy and his lawyer George Hepbourne Scott told The Sun: "Unless they drop the request to extradite him there is no way he is going to testify."

Both brothers are originally from Poland but live in the UK and both deny kidnapping.

 

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

 

 

 

 

The two were pictured holding hands the day before she was released. Picture: Supplied
The two were pictured holding hands the day before she was released. Picture: Supplied

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