May 7, 2021


Travel-Lickin' Good

Two decades considering the fact that deadly Caribbean resort altercation, Scott Hapgood’s situation stalls

DARIEN — A case that drew international focus, outrage on a Caribbean island and even piqued the desire of former President Donald Trump, has long gone silent.

Tuesday will mark two several years since Darien expenditure banker Scott Hapgood was involved in a fatal altercation with a hotel employee although vacationing with his spouse and children in Anguilla.

The 27-12 months-previous hotel employee, Kenny Mitchel, was killed throughout the incident. Hapgood was charged with manslaughter and has been regarded as a “fugitive from justice” considering that skipping a courtroom listening to in November 2019.

The prison and civil lawsuits associated with the incident have stalled all through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesman for the Hapgoods declined to remark and mentioned the spouse and children did not want to be interviewed. An legal professional representing the mom of Mitchel’s youngster also declined to remark.

Proclaiming he fears for his existence, Hapgood has refused to return to the British island. Right after the missed courtroom visual appeal, Anguillian authorities threatened to have Hapgood arrested and extradited again to the Caribbean, but no action has been taken.

At the way of a bigger decide, a justice of the peace is conducting an inquiry into no matter if the prosecution must carry on devoid of Hapgood current for courtroom hearings.

Hapgood’s enchantment of the increased judge’s ruling was denied.

What happens subsequent will rely on the magistrate’s investigation, and it continues to be unknown when that will be finished.

Hapgood, 46, contends that Mitchel unexpectedly confirmed up at his family’s area at the Malliouhana Vacation resort on April 13, 2019, to repair a sink that was not documented damaged. Hapgood had been at the resort vacationing with his family, together with his 3 small children, two of whom have been in the space when Mitchel arrived.

Mitchel was an personnel of the vacation resort and was putting on a hotel uniform when he showed up at the home, according to Hapgood’s lawyers.

In a lawsuit filed versus the vacation resort, Hapgood contends Mitchel pulled out a knife, demanded money and attacked him. The lawsuit promises Hapgood acted in self-protection when he fought with Mitchel. Hapgood restrained Mitchel for nearly an hour as resort officers unsuccessful to quickly contact law enforcement or an ambulance, the lawsuit claimed.

Mitchel’s estate has submitted its very own lawsuit against Hapgood, declaring the former UBS banker kept his arm on the young man’s neck for additional than 40 minutes. The results ended up supported by an autopsy, which claimed Mitchel died of vulnerable restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt-power trauma to the head, neck and torso.

Even so, a toxicology report afterwards identified Mitchel had a deadly amount of money of cocaine in his technique. That locating is talked about in Hapgood’s lawsuit from the resort.

No official law enforcement reports on the battle have been produced.

Hapgood has denied practically all of the allegations contained in the lawsuit filed by Mitchel’s estate and wants the civil motion dismissed and a selection of damages and his authorized costs paid out by the young man’s family.

“The attacker was restrained by Scott for drastically significantly less than an hour, and he died after arriving at the clinic,” mentioned Jamie Diaferia, a spokesman for the Hapgood loved ones.

The incident sparked intercontinental outrage and has been the focal level of speculation on what occurred in Hapgood’s resort room foremost up to Mitchel’s loss of life.

Anguillians have protested Hapgood’s launch from jail and return to the U.S., while the Darien gentleman explained he and his relatives have gained loss of life threats.

The circumstance caught Trump’s consideration when Hapgood’s spouse, Kallie, appeared on Fox & Buddies in Oct 2019.

“Will be seeking into the Scott Hapgood scenario, and the Island of Anguilla,” Trump tweeted that day. “Something appears to be like and appears very incorrect. I know Anguilla will want to see this scenario be effectively and justly solved!”