Brit who killed woman in hit-and-run gets two-year sentence

Capper after his arrest in May 2016.
Capper after his arrest in May 2016. / SUR
  • Westley Capper, who ran over Fátima Dorado, 40, on a pedestrian crossing in San Pedro in 2016, was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine

A British man who failed to stop after running a woman over in San Pedro on 9 May 2016 has been sentenced to two years in prison for manslaughter through negligence and a road safety offence.

Westley Capper, the son of millionaire John Capper, was driving his father’s 500-horsepower Bentley at full speed along the boulevard in San Pedro Alcántara when he hit 40-year-old Bolivian chef Fátima Dorada who was on a pedestrian crossing.

According to the sentence, Capper, who was accompanied by his friend Craig Porter, was travelling at 75km/h in a 40km/h limit, under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.

The victim, who was with her husband and their 12-month-old daughter was thrown more than 30 metres after being hit by the Bentley. She was rushed to the Costa del Sol hospital where she died of her injuries.

Capper failed to stop, explains the sentence. He was located later that evening by police in a shopping area towards Estepona.

The custodial sentence has been suspended on the condition that Capper commits no criminal offences in three years and takes a road safety course. He has also been banned from driving for two years.

In his sentence, passed after Capper pleaded guilty to the charges, the judge considers the Brit’s remorse shown and financial compensation paid to the relatives as extenuating circumstances.

Just days after the incident, Capper paid 10,000 euros to cover the cost of repatriating Fátima’s body. He has also been paying her family 1,100 euros a month since June and previously deposited 300,000 euros with the court to cover civil liability.

Previous conviction

This is not the first time Capper has been convicted in a Malaga court. In May last year Capper and Porter were found guilty of coercion in the high-profile Agnese Klavina case.

After detailed analysis of CCTV footage, the court decided that the young Latvian woman had been forced into a vehicle byCapper against her will outside the Marbella nightclub Aqwa Mist in September 2014.

Klavina has not been seen since. The court did not consider there to be sufficient evidence to convict the British men of kidnapping, as the public prosecution had requested.

Capper was sentenced to two years and Porter to six months.