Thursday 21 September 2017

Suspect denies responsibility in model kidnap

Model Chloe Ayling. Photo: AP
Model Chloe Ayling. Photo: AP

Karla DeWintours

The chief suspect in the alleged kidnap of a British model in Milan has said he did not knowingly take part in any crime.

Lukasz Pawel Herba says his involvement stems from wanting to raise money to treat his leukaemia and he was hired by a group of Romanians to rent properties around Europe to store garments they were selling, according to reports.

Suspect Lukasz Pawel Herba. Photo: PA
Suspect Lukasz Pawel Herba. Photo: PA

He is also said to have told investigators he posed as a photographer and met Chloe Ayling. He said he was paid £500,000 (€553,000), found out the Romanians intended to kidnap her, and backed out.

His side of the story has emerged as Ms Ayling's representatives dismissed doubts about the ordeal.

Italian police said she was snatched last month by a group calling itself 'Black Death'.

She is believed to have been drugged and transported in a bag to an isolated village near Turin, where she was held for six days as her captors tried to auction her online for sex.

As more details emerged about the sinister episode, including that Ms Ayling went shopping for shoes and groceries with her captor, her lawyer and an agent have spoken out to defend her.

Francesco Pesce said it is "evil" to suggest she was involved, while Phil Green, of Supermodel Agency, said what took place was "real and very frightening".

Irish Independent

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