According to a new report, the Connecticut banker accused of manslaughter for the death of an Anguillan hotel employee cannot be tried for three years.
Scott Hapgood, 44, attended a short court hearing on Thursday, but The New York Post says he will only learn his destiny in 2022 due to a lack of magistrates on the small Caribbean island.
Hapgood previously claimed that he hoped for a quick lawsuit to find out whether or not he would receive a prison sentence for killing Kenny Mitchell, 27, in his family's hotel room at the luxury resort of Malliouhana on April 13.
Hapgood says he acted in self-defense when Mitchel appeared in the room unannounced before he produced a knife and attempted a robbery.
The UBS banker fought with the hotel employee, who eventually died of suffocation and blunt violence.
On Thursday, the case was postponed to September 9 – but one source tells the New York Post that this could be the first of several delays.
The New York Post reports that it may take up to three years for Scott Hapgood (left) to be tried for the death of Anguillan's hotel employee, Kenny Mitchell (right)
There are only two magistrates hearing cases in Anguilla, where the insider tells the publication & # 39; their portfolios are usually fully booked & # 39 ;.
As soon as the case finally reaches one of the magistrates, they will decide whether or not it should be dealt with in court or rejected.
If the case continues, there is only one judge on the island, and he generally only hears cases in October and March of each year.
Thursday was the first time Hawgood appeared in court since he was accused of Mitchel's death.
The father of three flew into Anguilla from New York for the brief hearing accompanied by bodyguard.
Hapgood is depicted as speaking out of court on Thursday after a hearing in Anguilla. He told reporters that he was committed to prove his innocence. Hapgood is accused of manslaughter
Hawgood spoke out of court and briefly spoke with reporters, where he embarrassed the courts for not allowing them to continue with the trial.
& # 39; I am grateful for the opportunity to appear at the Anguillan court today, because every appearance on the field means that we are one step closer to leaving this nightmare behind us.
& # 39; A nightmare for my family but also for the people of Anguilla. We came to your beautiful island for a vacation, just like many thousands of others do every year.
& # 39; We came here because you are so hospitable. Unfortunately my family and I were in the wrong place at the wrong time and in an instant a tragedy resulted in a change in our lives forever.
Hapgood killed Kenny Mitchel for his two daughters. Despite his fear of the justice of his approaching trial, he has & # 39; no other choice & # 39; to put their trust in the legal system
& # 39; We all want the same thing – justice. For me, that means proving my innocence. That is why I ask the AG to quickly take action so that we can all go further and heal.
To the people of Anguilla. I understand your anger. & # 39; I have read the same false facts and untrue stories about what would have happened in that room on that fateful day in April. If I lived here and believed those stories, I would be angry too.
& # 39; We remain trapped by delays if we just want to provide evidence to prove my innocence, & # 39; he said.
In a message to the residents of the island, he continued: & Finally, to the people of Anguilla. I understand your anger.
& # 39; I have read the same false facts and untrue stories about what would have happened in that room on that fateful day in April. If I lived here and believed those stories, I would be angry too. But the stories you have read and heard are not what happened and one day I will be able to tell the real story in a legal setting.
& # 39; The earlier that day, the better. & # 39;
Mitchel's relatives attended the hearing. His brother spoke to reporters outside and said: & I wish Mr. Hapgood every success. I wish him good luck with his lies. & # 39;
There were no cameras in the courtroom.
Police say the two young Hapgood daughters were in the room at the luxury resort of Malliouhana (above) when Mitchel died
The UBS banker claims that the murder was in & # 39; self-defense to protect the lives of his young daughters and himself & # 39; and is seen here with scratches and what the family says bite marks
After appearing on Tuesday at a press conference in Manhattan, where he said he was surprised by his arrest and self-defense, Hapgood flew back to Anguilla on Wednesday.
Hapgood was with his two young daughters in his hotel room at the luxury resort of Malliouhana on 13 April when he claimed that employee Kenny Mitchel, 27, pulled a knife and tried to rob him after claiming he came to the room to repair the sink .
He says he fought Mitchel and killed him in self-defense, leaving his family & # 39; on a thread & # 39; but saying & i would do it again and thank goodness I was in that room when he came & # 39 ;, during a Tuesday press conference.
& # 39; I wish the process was today, & # 39; he admitted The NY Post on Wednesday. & # 39; I wish the facts came forward today so that I could continue my life. & # 39;
Hapgood and his international lawyer Juliya Arbisman traveled to the Caribbean island of Anguilla this week to meet his bail conditions.
He had just returned from the island on Monday before returning two days later.
& # 39; I wish the process was today, & # 39; Hapgood admitted to The Post on Wednesday. & # 39; I wish the facts became known today so that I could continue my life & # 39;
At the airport, Hapgood was accompanied by a security guard and said that the Royal Anguilla Police Force would also offer him extra security.
The announcement followed Hapgood's claims that he had been threatened since the murder and was frustrated by his dealings with the local judicial process and local government.
The UBS financial adviser was arrested four days after the attack and charged with manslaughter and detained in Her Majesty's prison in Anguilla after being bailed.
& # 39; I am surprised by the arrest, & # 39; Hapgood thought after the mail Wednesday. & # 39; I was innocent from day one. & # 39;
At a press conference, he said he was surprised that he had been arrested. He is depicted with lawyer Juliya Arbisman
He was later released on a $ 74,000 bond after his lawyer appealed to the Supreme Court in a movement that caused anger at Anguillans, who claimed that he received special treatment because he was a wealthy tourist.
They demanded that he return to undergo justice on nearly 15,000 people in Britain.
& # 39; We want the same as the people of Anguilla: to bring out the truth, & # 39; said Hapgood. Aartoe To that end, I will fully comply with the court's requirements to ensure that all facts are presented.
& # 39; A lot of misinformation and outright lies have surrounded this story, and I hope that when the real story is presented to the public, the people of Anguilla will understand how this tragic event took place. & # 39;
Arbisman says she is worried about Hapgood's ability to get a fair trial and says that despite reports from the island, he does not believe he has received special treatment because he is American.
& # 39; We urge prosecutors to work with us to ensure a safe and fair trial. & # 39;
Arbisman claimed that prosecutors withheld Mitchel & # 39; s toxicology report for two months.
It was revealed Monday that the toxicology report showed that Mitchel tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and other drugs at the time of his death.
The report also concluded that the 27-year-old father of one had blood alcohol levels of .181, which is more than double the legal limit in the US and UK.
It was also revealed that Mitchel was arrested just a month before his death on April 13 and accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Emily Garlick.
The case was pending at the time of his death, but Garlick, who moved from the UK to Anguilla, told the New York Times that the incident was a & # 39; misunderstanding & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; It was not a rape, & # 39; Garlick said. & # 39; It was a misunderstanding. We had a spit. We had a disagreement. That was it. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the Hapgood family said in response to the news: & # 39; It was shocking to hear that the man who assaulted Scott violently and forced him to defend his life was released on bail and was stunned by that moment a potentially deadly combination of illegal drugs. & # 39;
& # 39; It is definitely the most frightening thing I have ever experienced, & # 39; said Hapgood. & # 39; Not only the attack, but also the way I was treated on the island, the time I spent in prison. & # 39;
Mitchel was arrested and accused of raping ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Emily Garlick, who later made the incident a & # 39; misunderstanding & # 39; and said it was not a rape
The family said in a statement in May that Hapgood fought for his life & # 39; and was bitten several times in the confrontation.
According to the spokesperson, Mitchel & # 39; came unannounced in uniform & # 39; to the family's room and claimed & # 39; he was there to repair a broken sink before committing his sudden, violent assault on the family & # 39 ;.
& # 39; All I did was defend my young daughters for an attacker who was crazy and desperate and I just have to hold on to that, & # 39; said Hapgood.
& # 39; This is my first experience with legal affairs, so I am very nervous, & # 39; Hapgood added. & # 39; But I know my family was the victim. & # 39;
He thanked his family and legal team for his support and remained so strong throughout this process.
& # 39; We still have a long way to go, but I look forward to someday returning to the life we once had & he said.
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