Lucas Herba emailed his brother ordering him to buy a gun and a large bag, telling him: ‘You know why we are going to use it.’
British glamour model Chloe Ayling’s alleged kidnapper emailed his brother ordering him to buy a gun and a large bag, telling him: ‘You know why we are going to use it.’
A police computer analyst said emails recovered from the laptop computer of Lukasz Herba showed communication between him and his brother Michal in the run up to the abduction of the 20 year old model last July.
In one email 30-year-old Herba told his brother to purchase a large holdall.
Ayling has claimed she was bundled into a large holdall after being knocked unconscious when the drug Ketamine was injected into her hand.
The Herba brothers, Polish nationals, are accused of holding Ayling captive for six days with plans to sell her as a sex slave on the dark web.
Herba is on trial in Milan while his brother Michal is in jail in Britain awaiting extradition to Italy.
Computer analyst Angelo Maria D’Archangeli said emails obtained from Herba’s laptop showed the purchase of two full-face balaclavas that were sent to his home in the Midlands.
There was also an email sent to his older brother Michal telling him to buy a big holdall.
Herba said in the email: ‘Buy a big travel bag. You know what you need, therefore it must be great.’
Michal replied: ‘Okay’.
Chloe Ayling (pictured) was held captive in a remote Italian farmhouse near Turin last year after being lured to the country for a fake photoshoot
The police expert told the court in one email recovered from Herba’s laptop he mentioned a semi automatic weapon. NO weapons were ever used or found at the farmhouse where Ayling was held.
Another email from Herba asked his brother to purchase a book – with the book later found in the remote farmhouse where Ayling was held.
Herba is due to give evidence in the trial today and explain how the kidnap was a publicity stunt to boost Ayling’s modelling career.
The court has already rejected that defence and refused to summon Ayling back to Milan to give evidence and instead rely on her video taped testimony made in the days after she was freed last July.
A video showing the model taking investigators back to the cottage where she claims she was held captive was been to the court earlier this week.
In the video, Ayling, can be heard telling investigators she is afraid to return to the building, saying ‘Oh My God’ as she nervously approaches the property in the remote hamlet of Borgial, about 60 miles from Turin.
She points out the double bed where she slept alongside Herba before he set her free at the British embassy in Milan.
Prosecutors have claimed Herba, who may be jailed for up to 25 years if found guilty, had planned to sell Ayling as a sex slave on the dark web.
After the alleged abduction, Herba called Ayling’s agent Phil Green and demanded a £230,000 ransom, warning Green that he was a killer and a member of Black Death.
Ayling claims he later decided to let her go without the ransom, after finding out she was the mother of a two-year-old boy.
A video was shown to the kidnap trial judge showing Miss Ayling guide police officers around the property where she was kept
Ms Ayling points at the bed in the remote farmhouse where she slept with her kidnapper for five days
During proceedings, a police forensic scientist told the court traces of the drug Ketamin were found in hair samples taken from Ayling after she was released.
They also found a needle mark on her hand that was not visible to the naked eye.
Photographs of Ayling that appeared online also showed her with dilated pupils and her appearance was consistent with being drugged, the court heard.
In an interview broadcast by the ’60 Minutes’ show this week, Ayling dismissed the claims that she had conceived a publicity stunt to boost her career, but said she understood why people doubted her story.
Asked if she is offended there are people who suspect she masterminded the whole thing and made the story up, she told interviewer Liam Bartlett: ‘It doesn’t offend me, no.’
She added: ‘Because I get it, there are people just picking parts of the story … So I see why people have doubts, because if it wasn’t me, I would think it was just crazy.’
The Glamour model showed police into a bare spare room and bathroom she used during her five days
Accused: Lukasz Herba is accused of kidnapping Chloe Ayling and stands trial in Milan this week while his older brother Michal is awaiting extradition in Britain
Ayling, from south London, who now lists her home as Los Angles, told the TV show: ‘I was about to put my hand on the door that said ‘Studio’, just to open it, check if anyone was there and what’s when I was attacked from behind.
‘One person put his arm around my neck and the other hand with a glove on my mouth and my nose. And another masked man rushed in front of me and held a syringe to my arm.
‘Obviously, I was trying to fight back because I didn’t want that to go into my arm.
‘I was trying to make a fist, but I can’t fight off two grown men, so they managed to get the syringe into my wrist and then I was unconscious.’
Taken: Prosecutors claim Ayling was kidnapped by the Herba brothers and that the younger of the two had planned on selling her on the dark web as a sex slave
Giving them the tour: Ayling is seen showing the prosecutors around the house in the video
Presented in court: These handcuffs were reportedly used on Ayling by the Herba brothers
She added that when she came round she found she had been gagged.
‘I didn’t know what it was at first. And I had hands in my handcuffs, and my ankles were handcuffed as well,’ she says.
‘I was trying to feel where I am, I heard the engine so I knew I was in a moving car. I started shouting ‘driver!’ like as loud as I could. They didn’t say anything. Not a word.’