Chloe Ayling kidnapper has 11 years slashed from sentence in bombshell ruling

One of Chloe Ayling’s kidnappers has had his prison sentence reduced by 11 years after an appeal.

In July 2017, Michał and Lukasz Herba – who claimed to be part of a gang called the Black Death – drugged the mum-of-one with ketamine after luring her to a fake photoshoot in Milan Italy.

Chloe, from Coulsdon in south west London, was taken to an isolated farmhouse and kept there for six days before she was released.

Last January, a judge slashed nearly five years from Lukasz's 16-year sentence after saying he “acted out of love” when he released her.

An Italian judge has since ruled that Michal should serve just five years and eight months instead of 16.

His conviction was downgraded from “kidnapping for extortion purposes” to just kidnapping, theMilano Corrierereports.

However, Judge Ichino dismissed claims that Chloe took the ketamine herself and was not drugged.

During the trial, the pair claimed that the kidnapping was a publicity stunt to boost Chloe’s career – claims which the courts and the model have repeatedly denied.

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Her lawyer said the plot was to sell her for sex in an online auction unless a ransom was paid.

Lukasz reportedly released her after realising she was a mum and dropped her off at the British consulate.

The Polish national, who had been living in Oldbury, the west Midlands, claimed he had fallen in love with the former Celebrity Big Brother housemate.

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His defence told the court he wanted to boost her career by creating a story.

Lukasz said he was inspired after watching a film with a similar plot, By Any Means.

He had lied about being from the Black Death gang, and lied about intending to sell her as a sex slave, his lawyer claimed.

Chloe’s agent Adrian Sington earlier said the conviction of Lukasz was a “vindication” that proved “her story is true”.

He called Lukasz a "psychopath and a narcissist" who "behaves in such a way that it's almost impossible to believe that someone could be so stupid".

The agent added: “In some ways, it's not surprising that the media found Chloe's story difficult to believe.

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

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Describing the kidnapping, Chloe said: “I tried to get away. There was a hand over my mouth and I could not breathe. I was trying to get the hand off my face, but I could not fight much longer.

“Straight away I felt drowsy and I fell to the floor unconscious. When I started to wake up I was in a restricted space, I was in a black duffel bag.

“I had tape all around my mouth and I had handcuffs on my wrists and handcuffs on my ankles.”

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