British expats in Spain on trial over missing Latvian woman

Published:  19 Mar at 6 PM
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Spanish law has finally caught up with two expats accused of the disappearance of a female expat in 2014.

Two British expatriates, Craig Porter and Westley Capper, are now on trial in Malaga for causing the disappearance of a young Latvian woman in 2014. The pair were the last people to be seen with Agnese Klavina, whose body has never been found nor has she been located. Capper is claiming he knows nothing about the woman’s disappearance, in spite of the fact he was identified on security camera footage as being in the car when Klavina was forced into a Mercedes outside a Marbella nightclub. Porter was also identified as being in the vehicle at the time.

The CCTV footage is the last known sighting of Klavina, who’d been living in Marbella for just six months and working as a waitress in a local restaurant. Security footage showed her leaving a nightclub early in the morning of her disappearance, accompanied by a thick-set, bald man who pulled her along and shoved her into the car. Another slimmer man was shown talking with the club’s doorman before getting into the same car. The two men were easily identified by police, with the prosecution stating they asked the girl to go home with them, an invitation she refused. She attempted to leave the car, but the doors were locked and the vehicle was driven at high speed to the men’s property.

The two accused are protesting their innocence, saying they dropped Klavina off at a local roundabout before driving home. However, prosecutors are to use footage from a CCTV camera at Manilva’s La Duquesa port showing Capper and two other men carrying a large red suitcase onto his yacht before sailing for Ibiza. The yacht broke down during the voyage, forcing them to dock at Cartagena, where police boarded the vessel and found traces of DNA and blond hair, neither of which matched those of Klavina. Prosecutors are seeking sentences of at least 12 years for the men, plus a settlement of some €84,000 for Klavina’s family.
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