IT is almost five years since waitress Agnese Klavina disappeared after being bundled into a car by two British men on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
Her phone ran out of power five hours later. Since that day her bank account has not been touched and her Facebook page has not been updated.
And yesterday her sister Gunta told The Sun: “Although it pains me to say so, I believe she’s dead. I hope one day her body can be found. That would change everything. It could give us clues and open up doors that are currently closed.”
Latvian Agnese vanished after spending the evening with friends at Aqwa Mist, a nightclub in Puerto Banus where the likes of Hollywood actress Eva Longoria and boxer Amir Khan have partied.
The 30-year-old, dressed in a multicoloured halterneck dress, got talking to a woman she met there and stayed when her friends left — a decision that was to prove her downfall.
CCTV images from the early hours of September 6, 2014, show her outside the club getting into a Mercedes with two men.
One of them is 41-year-old Westley Capper — the huge, bald, privately educated son of a multimillionaire property developer from Essex. The other is his best mate Craig Porter, 37, from Liverpool.
A criminal psychologist told a court in Marbella that Agnese’s facial expressions and body language in the footage indicated she did not leave the club voluntarily.
Capper admits he tried to persuade Agnese to go back to his home on the exclusive El Madronal estate — a 20-minute drive from the club — to carry on partying.
But he insists he dropped her off on the way after she told him: “Stop here — I’ve changed my mind. I want to go home. This is where I live.”
Agnese was wearing high heels — and the place where Capper said they stopped was a 40-minute walk from her apartment.
Porter told the court he was “drunk and tired” and fell asleep on the journey to his pal’s house. He says he only discovered Agnese was no longer with them at the end of the journey.
"I WANT TO GO HOME"
State prosecutor Maria del Carmen Tirado told the court that Agnese got into the men’s vehicle “with fear”.
She said: “The images show that when she left that nightclub she didn’t want to go with Capper. She perceived the danger. Capper and Porter were the last people she was seen with and she entered their car because she was coerced.”
Agnese, the girlfriend of a London club owner, was never seen again. Investigators discovered that Capper and several others drove to Murcia to collect a yacht just a few hours after Agnese disappeared. They sailed the Geofil II to Fuengirola.
Four days after Agnese vanished, Capper and Porter were seen with two other men lugging a pair of suitcases and a carpet on board.
The boat left from Puerto de la Duquesa, near Gibraltar, on September 10. Three days later, Capper and Porter set sail for Ibiza but ended up docking at La Manga. They claimed the vessel’s engine had failed.
On September 15 they returned to Marbella by car.
Agnese, who had spent several years in London, arrived in Spain the previous May. She landed a job at a restaurant in Marbella and most days spoke by phone to her boyfriend Michael Millis back in London.
He became concerned after not hearing from her for a few days and called friends. They knocked on Agnese’s door but got no reply.
Michael says: “I called the police to file a missing persons’ report but they said I had to come to Spain.”
He flew out on September 11, while Agnese’s distraught mother and sister travelled from their home in the Latvian capital, Riga, to begin their own search.
TWO SUITCASES AND A CARPET
Police eventually arrested Capper. His father John, who sold luxury villas in high-security estates, has all the trappings of super wealth — a private jet, yacht and access to expensive lawyers for his son. During the trial in Malaga, Capper admitted drinking beer and vodka and taking drugs the night Agnese vanished.
But he insisted she got into his car “willingly” after they met in the club and agreed to go back to his home — despite failing to persuade a girlfriend she was with to go with them.
He refused to answer questions from lawyers acting for Agnese’s family but told the state prosecutor he had held her waist because she was “drunk and staggering”.
A police investigator, referred to in court only by his service number 11483, said Agnese had a steady job and friends and had given no indication she was unhappy. He told the court: “It surprised us that Capper had decided to leave Agnese where he did, on a road where there was not good lighting and no pavement.”
He added: “It would have been difficult for a young woman in high heels to get to her home some 40 minutes walk away.”
Capper claimed: “It was a well-lit area and I knew the turning near where I dropped her was full of houses. She said that’s where her house was.”
Jorge Hoz, Capper’s lawyer, said: “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.” He said all the CCTV footage showed was that Capper had tried to persuade Agnese to get into the car but she entered the vehicle “of her own free will”.
Inma Garcia, Porter’s defence lawyer, insisted: “None of the evidence has shown my client participated in any crime and that is because he is innocent.”
Searches of Capper’s boat and the car found no traces of blood or DNA.
Last Friday the court in Malaga cleared Capper and Porter of kidnap but found them guilty of coercion — a lesser crime. Capper was sentenced to two years and Porter got six months as an accomplice.
Neither is expected to be jailed because Spanish courts routinely suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders. Later this year Capper will face a separate manslaughter charge over the hit-and-run death of a mother-of-three on a zebra crossing near Marbella while allegedly high on alcohol and cocaine.
He has already confessed to killing Fatima Dorado in May 2016 and is expected to receive a two-and-a-half year jail term when the case goes to trial.
Porter was a passenger with him in the Bentley that hit Bolivian immigrant Mrs Dorado but he is not facing prosecution.
Last night Agnese’s sister Gunta, 36, said: “It was very difficult facing the men in court. We did it because we thought we could see justice done. We plan to keep on fighting for the truth to come out.”