Hit-and-run killer Brit linked to the disappearance of a Latvian waitress at a Marbella nightclub dies from Covid-19
- Westley Capper, 44, has died of a stroke caused by Covid at a hospital in Spain
- Son of a wealthy Essex real estate tycoon, Capper avoided jail for hit-and-run that killed mother-of-three Fatima Dorado while she was on a zebra crossing
- Capper had also been facing jail for alleged kidnap of Agnese Klavina in Marbella but judge ruled he had merely ‘coerced’ Agnese into his car
A British hit-and-run killer who was also linked to the disappearance of a Latvian woman from a Marbella nightclub has died from coronavirus.
Westley Capper, 44, son of an Essex real estate tycoon, died on Monday at a hospital in the Costa del Sol resort from a stroke caused by Covid.
Privately-educated Capper had been diagnosed with the virus following a trip to the UK, where until recently cases of the Delta variant had been soaring. It is not clear whether he had been vaccinated.
Capper was frequently in trouble with the law in Spain, most recently avoiding jail despite admitting to being behind the wheel of his father’s Bentley when the car hit and killed mother-of-three Fatima Dorado while on zebra crossing in May 2016.
Westley Capper, 44, son of an Essex property tycoon, has died of a stroke caused by Covid at a hospital in Marbella, Spain
Capper had been facing 16 years in jail in 2019 for the alleged kidnap of Latvian waitress Agnese Klavina (pictured) from outside a nightclub, but was let off with a suspended term
A judge gave Capper a suspended sentence in January last year over the death after hearing he had paid compensation to Dorado’s family – a deal dubbed ‘blood money’.
Just seven months earlier, Capper had avoided another lengthy prison sentence for the alleged kidnap of Latvian waitress Agnese Klavina from celeb nightclub Aqwa Mist in Puerto Banus.
Capper had also faced jail over the hit-and-run death of mother-of-three Fatima Dorado, but again escaped with a suspended term
Judges ruled Agnese had not been forced into Capper’s Mercedes S63 and so he could not be guilty of illegal detention, which could have seen him jailed for 16 years.
Instead he was found guilty of the lesser charge of coercion after judges found that he had got the 30-year-old drunk.
Agnese’s family had appealed the ruling to Spain’s Supreme Court, though Capper’s death means that even if the ruling is now overturned he cannot be held criminally responsible for her kidnap.
Any civil compensation he is due to pay will also have to be covered by his heirs, judicial sources said.
He was previously told to pay £8,500 to Angese’s family, along with an accomplice – Craig Porter – before appeals were lodged.
Agnese met Capper and Porter during a night out at Aqwa Mist which is popular with Premiership footballers and was the scene of a wild fight in June 2016 in which ex-TOWIE star Jake Hall nearly lost a kidney.
Capper insisted early on in the investigation he dropped Agnese off near a flat she was staying at for the summer close to the home of former England manager Fabio Capello after she changed her mind about going back to his house to party.
Capper (pictured during an arrest) is thought to have caught Covid following a recent visit to the UK. It is unclear if he was vaccinated
Father-of-four Porter says he fell asleep on the back seat of the Mercedes before the drop-off because he was “drunk and tired.”
CCTV footage of them leaving Aqwa Mist was played in court and was analysed by police who said it showed Agnese was forced into Capper’s car.
However, defence attorneys argued it showed no coercion and a lack of DNA evidence recovered from the car or a boat that went out to sea shortly after Agnese’s disappearance made the prosecution’s case hard to prove.
Private prosecutors for Agnese’s family had demanded a 12-year prison sentence for Porter, a 16-year prison sentence for Capper and four years for a third man who was cleared of all wrongdoing.
Fernando Scornik, one of the lawyers representing Agnese’s family, made the blunt admission before the trial started that she is “at the bottom of the sea.”
Jorge Hoz, Westley Capper’s lawyer, told the court in his closing speech: “The only evidence that is undisputed is that Agnese Klavina left the nightclub and got into a car driven by my client which Craig Porter was a passenger in. The rest is conjecture and speculation.”
Latvian-born Agnese, who spent several years living in the UK before moving to Spain to work for the summer, was the girlfriend of former London club owner Michael Millis.