Polish man convicted of kidnapping model

The Associated Press MILAN (AP) — An Italian court convicted a Polish man Monday of kidnapping a 20-year-old British model for ransom, rejecting the defendant’s claim that the abduction was staged to boost the victim’s career.

The court handed Lukasz Herba a prison sentence of 16 years and nine months — a month longer than prosecutors had requested. Herba denied guilt throughout the trial, even as his story shifted, and left the courtroom in handcuffs without comment.

The lawyer for British model Chloe Ayling, Francesco Pesce, called it “quite an important verdict.” Pesce said Ayling was considering possible civil action in British courts against media outlets that suggested she had lied to become famous.

“There were many cases in which she was publicly shamed about this,” Pesce said.Speech

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