A man is facing a 13-year jail sentence in Spain over the death of a 17-year-old moped rider he dragged for over a mile under the wheels of a car.
David Walter Cook, aged 57, from Stourbridge, has been jailed for killing Jose Antonio Caro in March last year. His sentence is due to be officially released at the Palace of Justice in Alicante within days.
Cook will also be ordered to pay €300,000 – £258,000 – compensation by the panel of three judges which sat at his trial at the court early this month.
Cook’s partner, Angela Green, aged 46, who was a passenger in the car on the night the moped rider was killed, will receive a suspended 18-month prison sentence.
In the written sentence the judges will say that Cook’s actions “clearly prolonged the victim’s agony” and caused his death.
At the trial the state prosecutor claimed that the British couple’s car hit Jose Antonio Caro after he had been thrown from his machine when he collided with another vehicle at Alfas de Pi, on Spain’s Costa Blanca near the popular resort of Benidorm, in March last year.
Cook attempted to miss the young rider but was unable to do so and ran over him. But when the victim became jammed beneath the car Cook accelerated and kept driving for a further two kilometres.
In the written sentence, the judges said that they gave no credence to a claim made by Green at the time of her arrest that she thought they had hit an animal.
At their trial both accused refused to make any statement and exercised their right not to answer any questions from prosecution or defence lawyers.