Craig Porter, 37, is behind bars again after being arrested over a violent carjacking
One of the two Brits tried for kidnapping a missing waitress outside a Costa del Sol nightclub is behind bars again after being arrested over a violent carjacking.
Craig Porter, 37, was cleared last month of Agnese Klavina’s illegal detention along with multi-millionaire’s son Westley Capper.
Capper, 41, was instead convicted of a lesser crime of coercion relating to the way he got ‘drunk’ Agnese to leave celeb Puerto Banus nightclub Aqwa Mist with him and was handed a two-year prison sentence he vowed to appeal.
Liverpool-born Porter was found guilty of being Capper’s accomplice and given a six-month jail term he also said he would fight, although both men walked free from court as sentences of two years or less are normally suspended for first-time offenders.
Today Spanish authorities confirmed Porter had been remanded in prison after being arrested with another British pal over a vicious attack on two Spaniards said to have ended with the alleged victims throwing themselves out of a moving vehicle which was later found burnt out.
Well-placed sources said the other man held – named as Joseph Robert Moore, 26, from Crawley, West Sussex – was also wanted on a European Arrest Warrant issued by a UK court.
Latvian Agnese Klavina (pictured) disappeared without trace after leaving a celebrity Spanish nightclub with two Britons including the son of a multi-millionaire
Westley Capper (centre), Craig Porter (right) and doorman Siene Ousmane (left) sit in court in Malaga at the last day of their kidnap trial last month
Porter was remanded in prison pending an ongoing criminal probe after appearing before a judge on Thursday. His pal was also sent to jail but is expected to be extradited to Britain. It was not clear this morning why he was wanted.
The two Brits were held on Monday over the May 31 incident.
National Police from a specialist violent crime unit were hunting them after two Spaniards claimed they had been forced into a vehicle at knifepoint and assaulted by two men in the resort of Estepona west of Marbella.
Latvian-born Agnese was last seen getting into Capper’s Merc S63 with them after meeting them during a night out in Aqwa Mist
The van they claim they were bundled into was found burnt out on remote wasteland near the Costa del Sol holiday town later the same day.
One of the men told detectives he threw himself out of the moving vehicle on a motorway after being hit with a bottle and badly beaten, moments after his pal had escaped from the same van as things turned nasty.
The motive has not been made clear but detectives are working on the theory that the Brits wanted a lift home because they had been drinking and the situation turned violent when the Spaniards refused.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: ‘I can confirm two British men wanted for questioning over an incident in Estepona on May 31 were arrested on June 10 in Torremolinos.
‘They were held on suspicion of robbery with violence, assault and criminal damage.
‘One of the men is also wanted by authorities in the UK who had issued a European Arrest Warrant.’
Court officials confirmed today Porter had been remanded in custody on suspicion of ‘robbery with violence, assault and criminal damage.’ after his Thursday court appearance. He has not been charged as formal charges are only laid in Spain shortly before trial.
CCTV footage at Aqwa Mist nightclub in Puerto Banus, the night Agnese Klavina went missing, shows Westley Capper leaving the club with Ms Klavina
Porter only learnt on May 17 that he had been cleared of kidnapping Agnese, 30 when she disappeared on September 6 2014, but convicted of being Capper’s accomplice in a lesser crime of coercion.
Latvian-born Agnese was last seen getting into Capper’s Merc S63 with them after meeting them during a night out in Aqwa Mist.
Capper, whose wealthy dad John made his fortune from real estate, insisted during a trial at a court in Malaga that he dropped her off near a flat she was staying at for the summer after she changed her mind about going back to his house to party.
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 on day two of the four-day trial which ended in April, and was analysed by police who said it showed Agnese was forced into Capper’s car and defence experts who insisted there was no coercion.
No DNA evidence was ever uncovered in the Mercedes or a boat Capper and Porter went out to sea on from Puerto de la Duquesa port near Gibraltar shortly after Agnese’s disappearance that assisted the prosecution case.
Miss Klavina was last seen leaving Aqwa Mist (pictured) with the two British defendants and her phone stopped emitting a signal around five hours later
Fernando Scornik, one of the lawyers representing Agnese’s family, made the blunt admission before the trial started that she was ‘at the bottom of the sea.’
State prosecutors went to court demanding a 12-year prison sentence for Capper and Porter if they were found guilty of illegal detention.
Porter was also a passenger with Capper when his pal caused the hit-and-run death of Bolivian mum-of-three Fatima Dorado while the multi-millionaire’s son was high on alcohol and cocaine.
Capper has yet to be tried over the May 2016 manslaughter although he confessed to his crime through his lawyer shortly after his arrest and is expected to be jailed for two and a half years. Porter was never prosecuted.
Westley Capper was not arrested in the latest incident Porter was caught up in, and there is no suggestion he has been involved in any criminal wrongdoing since his arrest over Agnese’s disappearance.
Porter is also being probed over an incident last August in which a 25-year-old Spaniard was seriously hurt after being run over outside a brothel in Estepona. He was arrested last October on suspicion of attempted homicide.
A judge in the resort is set to finish his criminal investigation into that incident shortly and is expected to recommend charges against Porter.