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Family of American accused of killing Anguilla hotel worker says vacation became ‘chilling nightmare’

Family of American accused of killing Anguilla hotel worker says vacation became ‘chilling nightmare’

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The household of a Connecticut monetary adviser charged with manslaughter within the demise of a resort employee on the Caribbean island of Anguilla mentioned Thursday that “our dream trip was a chilling nightmare — a literal struggle to outlive.”

Authorities within the British territory have accused Scott Hapgood, 44, of killing 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel, a employee on the upscale Malliouhana resort. Hapgood spokeswoman Kelcey Kintner claimed in a earlier assertion that Mitchel got here to Hapgood’s resort room on April 13, saying that he wanted to repair a damaged sink, then confirmed a weapon and demanded cash earlier than attacking the Hapgood household.

Thursday’s assertion from the household included a photograph taken after the alleged assault that confirmed Hapgood with blood and bruises on his face and chest. The household’s assertion mentioned Hapgood “was bitten a number of occasions by the attacker, together with on his face.” The assertion additionally denied that the Hapgood household had ever seen or spoken to Mitchel earlier than he got here to the room and denied that that they had submitted a upkeep request throughout their keep.

Scott Hapgood.

Scott Hapgood.
(Hapgood household)

“Scott and our household cooperated totally with native authorities in Anguilla following the assault, and our first-hand accounts of the occasions had been taken by them,” the assertion learn. “Court docket proceedings in Anguilla have been scheduled for August. Whereas we wait, a good and simply course of for Scott have to be ensured as his future hangs within the steadiness.”

An post-mortem report exhibits Mitchel died of positional asphyxia and obtained blunt-force accidents to his torso and different areas. The Hapgood household’s assertion pointedly denied that Hapgood choked Mitchel, however did say that “the attacker was restrained by a safety guard.”

The Royal Anguilla Police Pressure initially introduced that Hapgood had been denied bail after his arrest and remanded to jail. After lawyer Thomas Astaphan appealed to the Excessive Court docket, Hapgood was launched on $74,000 bond and returned to his dwelling in Darien, Conn.

Scott Hapgood with his wife and children

Scott Hapgood together with his spouse and kids
(Courtesy the Hapgood household)

Hapgood’s household mentioned Thursday that he spent the night time of April 13 in a neighborhood police station giving a press release. The household mentioned they spent the following two days in rooms booked for them on the 4 Seasons resort by the Malliouhana earlier than Hapgood was arrested, handcuffed and charged.

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“This detention was one of the vital grueling occasions of his life. Then, as quickly as he may, Scott returned dwelling to the US, mentioned the assertion, which added, “Scott’s wounds will heal, however the trauma of this incident can be with our household ceaselessly.”

A listening to within the case has been scheduled for Aug. 22 in Anguilla. The Anguillan newspaper reported that Astaphan ensured the Excessive Court docket in the course of the bail listening to that Hapgood “has each intention to return to Anguilla to clear his title.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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