Italian law foresees a sentence of 25 to 30 years for kidnapping and extortion, but prosecutors asked the court in Milan to make allowance for the short duration of the abduction and a narcissistic personality disorder from which Herba was said to suffer.

“Chloe was treated like something used to satisfy his evil narcissistic needs,” prosecutor Paolo Storari said in court.

Besides the prison sentence of 16 years and nine months, the court also ordered Herba to pay an initial 60,000 euros in damages to Ayling, who was a civil plaintiff in the trial. Final damages will be set by a civil court.