Gavin Hapgood (photo 2014), 44, was charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing Kenny Mitchel, 27, in Anguilla. He claims it is "self-defense"
The UBS investment banker, who was charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing a maintenance worker while vacationing with his wife and two children in Anguilla, was only hours after the attack seen in another hotel and pretend that nothing had happened.
Gavin Scott Hapgood, 44, was with his two young daughters in his hotel room in the upscale Malliouhana resort when Kenny Mitchel was killed there on April 27, according to the police spokesman Randy Dick.
Hapgood claims the murder is "self-defense."
On the day of the attack, he was seen leaving the Malliouhana resort and checking into the equally posh Four Seasons Hotel, where he and his family stayed until his return to the United States. The rooms at the exclusive hotel start at around $ 800 per night.
& # 39; He was in Malliouhana, where he killed Kenny. Right on the first day, when he did, he checked into the Four Seasons and stayed on the island until his departure.
"I talked to the staff and they said he did not behave like someone who has just had a traumatic event," said Haydn Hughes, a former Parliamentary Tourism Secretary for the Caribbean Island and local radio host, to Page Six on Friday ,
The police say the two young daughters of Hapgood were in the room of the Malliouhana Resort (above) when Mitchel died. Kenny Mitchel, 27, is on his wedding day with his wife and baby ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
Kenny Mitchel, 27, (left and right) died on April 13 in Anguilla. Mitchel was a maintenance worker in the upscale Malliouhana resort where Hapgood and his family lived
Hapgood and his family left on the same day of the attack for the exclusive Four Seasons resort on the Malliouhana road. He stayed on the property for four days
Hapgood remained at the Four Seasons until he was indicted four days later by the authorities for manslaughter.
He was released on a $ 74,000 loan In Anguillans, who demand that he return to justice on the British territory of nearly 15,000 people, he sparked anger.
The island is known for its rich and famous vacationers.
A source told The New York Post that they just wanted to make the entire case disappear: It's terrible for the island. Hotels have cancellations. , , The attitude is: "Do not mess with tourism." People are wary of what information they give, but the island rallies behind Mitchel. There is no racial division. Anguilla just is not like that. & # 39;
Although Dick says the police have no clear motive in the case, an island source said Hapgood claimed Mitchel had pulled a knife and tried to rob him, and urged the banker to go into self-defense fight to protect the lives of his young daughters and themselves. "
" Scott and his family members were traumatized by the robbery they survived and are grateful that they are still alive, "said one representative by Hapgood He was killed by "prone, positional asphyxia, and dull force trauma to the head, neck, and trunk."
In a radio interview, Mitchel's father claimed that "none of them tried during the incident that led to his son's death." To take that man from my son, not one, from what I understood. "
He believed that people feared they would lose their job because they were a tourist touched.
Hapgood, Account Manager at UBS Global Asset Management, New York City, lives in Darien, Connecticut.
Dick said that Hapgood was originally detained in Her Majesty's prison in Anguilla after he had refused to release the bail on loan after his lawyer appealed to the High Court.
US Public records show that Hapgood has never been charged with any crime.
He has to return to court in August.
. Hapgood (pictured during his arrest) was initially released on bail. Later, a judge applied for $ 74,000 in bail. He's back in the US but has to return to Anguilla until August 22.
A video posted on Facebook shows that Hapgood is being handcuffed and taken to Her Majesty's Prison. Another shows him after he was released and led into a private jet.
The release of Hapgood sparked numerous comments in the social media, both from residents of Anguilla who demanded justice for Mitchel and from foreigners visiting the island on a regular basis, and some said local anger over tourists had frightened them ,
"It's obvious that people are angry about this situation," Dick said.
"They are very emotional, the police continue to work in a very professional manner and allow the law to take his course."
It is unclear how Mitchel lives in Hapgood's hotel room in the upscale resort of Malliouhana
Hapgood's spokesman PageSix told PageSix that "the Hapgoods have never called maintenance despite false reports."
According to the spokesman, Mitchel appeared "unannounced in uniform" in the family room, claiming he was there his sudden, violent attack on the family.
Mitchel's causes of death were considered vulnerable restraint, positional asphyxia, and blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso [19659002Dicksaysthat"thereisashortageofactualknowledge"addingthatthepolicehavenofinalanswers
The case was explosive in the small island community, and Dick went to Facebook for his "racial or prejudicial remarks," of which he feared to pollute the jury pool, to blow up.
The comments made in the RAPF Facebook has no basis and is likely to incite racial hatred and can put a jury at a disadvantage especially as they are selected from the Anguilla community & # 39 ;, Dick said in a statement the social media platform.
Dick refuses to say if Mitchel, who is from Dominica, has a criminal background.