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Brits Capper and Porter found guilty of coercion, but not of kidnapping Latvian woman

The defendants during the trial in the Provincial Court.
The defendants during the trial in the Provincial Court. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • The Malaga Provincial Court has sentenced Westley Capper to two years after it considered that Agnese Klavina got into his car under duress, while Craig Ian Porter gets six months as his accomplice

The two British men on trial in Malaga in March in connection with the disappearance of Latvian woman Agnese Klavina have been found guilty of coercion and not of kidnapping as the Prosecution Department had called for.

The court has sentenced Westley Capper, 41, to two years in prison for after considering it proven that Klavina got into his car under duress in the early hours of 6 September 2014 outside the Aqwa Mist nightclub in Marbella.

Craig Ian Porter has been given a six-month (minus one day) sentence for his role as Capper's accomplice.

Agnese Klavina.

Agnese Klavina. / SUR

The young Latvian woman has not been seen since, however the court did not find that the evidence, in the form of CCTV footage, proved that the British pair had kidnapped her.

The nightclub's doorman, who was also accused of participating in Klavina's disappearance, has been acquitted.

The sentence also establishes a payment of 10,000 euros in damages for Klavina or her legitimate heirs.

Hit and run case

Capper and Porter were involved in another serious incident in Marbella 18 months after the disappearance of Agnese Klavina.

On 9 May 2016, a Bentley, driven by Capper with Porter in the passenger seat, ran over Fátima Dorado, a 40-year-old Bolivian cook, on a pedestrian crossing in San Pedro. The victim died of her injuries in hospital.

The two men failed to stop at the scene and were later arrested in a commercial centre in Estepona.

In this case the Public Prosecution Department is calling for Capper to be given a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, maintaining that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at 75 km/h in a 40 km/h limit.