Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tycoon's Son Investigated over 'Killing of Marbella Clubber Dumped in Sea'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tycoon's Son Investigated over 'Killing of Marbella Clubber Dumped in Sea'

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Byline: Gerard Couzens

THE privately educated son of a millionaire property developer is being investigated with one of his friends over the alleged killing of a woman who disappeared from a celebrity nightclub in Marbella.

The judge investigating the case has questioned wealthy Westley Capper and friend Craig Porter over claims they bundled Latvian Agnese Klavina into a car outside the fashionable Aqwa Mist club.

They are facing a formal charge of illegal detention which in Spain can carry a prison sentence of eight years and now the judge has announced that Capper, 38, and Porter, 33, are also being investigated on suspicion of unlawfully killing Ms Klavina, 30.

She vanished on September 6 last year after leaving Aqwa Mist with the two men. A lawyer acting for her family claimed in April that she was dead and her body had been dumped in the sea.

The judge was expected to wait until DNA tests on samples taken from a car and motorboat seized by police were back before making his investigation a homicide probe.

The British men, whose lawyers say they are innocent, have been banned from leaving Spain.

They have not yet been charged with a crime. In Spain formal accusations are only laid shortly before trial.

The charge of homicide in Spain is a halfway house between manslaughter and the more serious charge of murder and carries a 10 to 15-year prison sentence. Under Spanish law murder, like homicide, is a wilful killing but it must also be premeditated.

Essex-born Capper's father Fred has made a fortune from purchasing and selling luxury properties across the world. He has modernised and sold luxury villas in fortress estates such as La Zagaleta near Marbella, home to some of the world's wealthiest people.

Capper and Porter have already admitted driving Ms Klavina, whose boyfriend Michael Millis used to own west London club Westbourne Studios, away from Aqwa Mist.

Mr Millis said: "The longer Agnese is missing the more pessimistic we are about ever seeing her alive again. …

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