A Connecticut banker accused of manslaughter for alleged murder of a hotel employee in Anguilla was tried on Monday after a brief court hearing on the Caribbean island.
Scott Hagood, 44, was depicted after leaving the court at The Valley in Anguilla after another fruitless trial. He is eager to start his trial, but has been told that it can take months.
In April, Hapgood allegedly killed hotel staff member Kenny Mitchel in his hotel room after a fight when Mitchel appeared at the door and claimed to want to repair the sink.
Hapgood, a UBS banker who was on holiday with his family, says that Mitchel produced a knife. He fought him to protect his two daughters who had not returned to their room long when Mitchel appeared at the door.
On Monday, he returned to Anguilla for a court hearing at 9 a.m., but left shortly thereafter without making a statement. It is not clear when he will return. His lawyer did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Scott Hapgood will be left in Anguilla on Monday after a procedural hearing prior to his manslaughter
Hapgood is leaving the court. He has hired private guards to accompany him to Anguilla because the tensions around the case are so high
After his last performance in August, Hapgood made a long statement outside of a call for a quick trial.
Hapgood is on trial for manslaughter for the death of Kenny Mitchel, 27
In a statement out of court, he said: & I am grateful for the opportunity to appear in the Anguillan court today because every court appearance means that we are one step closer to putting this nightmare behind us. leave.
& # 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.
& # 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.
& # 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;
Hapgood will leave the court in Anguilla on Monday. It is not clear when he must return to court
Geshaune Clarke is a porter at the Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla, where Scott Hapgood was on vacation with his family in April
Scott Hapgood speaks in court on Thursday after a hearing in Anguilla (left). Clarke said he had spoken about Kenny Mitchel (right) for 30 minutes after they first argued and refused to let him speak
& # 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.
& # 39; 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;
Geshaune Clarke is a porter at the Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla, where Hapgood was on vacation with his family in April.
He says he was the first to arrive in the family's room after Hapgood touched Mitchel to the floor in the bathroom.
Mitchel, he says, had arrived at the door unannounced and claimed to want to repair the sink. Hapgood says he then produced a knife and tried to rob him and fought him to protect his daughters.
Mitchel died after their fight and the cause of death was mentioned as suffocation and blunt force trauma to the head, but he lived for 30 minutes after initially blowing with Hapgood.
Hapgood said he protected his two daughters, who were also in the room, and that he would do it again
Now, while Hapgood waits for his next lawsuit in Anguilla after a first performance on Thursday, Clarke speaks out.
He told CBS that he arrived and the fight was over. Mitchel, he said, lay on his back and Hapgood & # 39; about him & # 39 ;.
The UBS banker is seen here with scratches and what the family says are bite tracks of the fight
He claimed that Hapgood refused to let him go for 30 minutes and insisted that he only get up when the police arrived.
& # 39; Kenny lay on his back and Mr. Hapgood was over him, & # 39; he said, adding that Hapgood's forearm was around Mitchel's neck.
& # 39; I keep saying: & # 39; I understand, but you have to give him the right breathing space. & # 39; (Kenny) said, "Can I speak?"
& # 39; In that same position Mr. Hapgood down on him and said, "You have nothing to say."
"He stated that he would not move, he would not get up, he would not do anything until the police were present," he said.
Hapgood does not refuse to hold Mitchel until the police arrived. He told through his representatives earlier that he feared that hotel staff might work together to attack him.
Clarke says that before the police arrived, Hapgood's wife started recording the scene on her phone.
& # 39; I saw it when she pressed the record button, & # 39; he said.
Hapgood spoke outside the court on Thursday to insist that he was innocent.
Many details about what happened in the hotel room and beforehand remain unknown and he is eager to share his version of events during the trial, but is frustrated by the court's handling of the case.
The family stayed in the luxury resort of Malliouhana when the incident took place on April 13
Mitchel's brother was one of the family members who attended the last hearing. They want to see the UBS banker behind bars.
& As long as he is in jail … you take a life. You understand? & # 39; he said.
Hapgood said he would do what he did again to protect his children at a press conference before returning to Anguilla earlier this week.
The case has outraged indignant Anguilla residents who say he should never have been given bail. The banker returned to his house after receiving a $ 74,000 bond in April.
He has vowed to attend any lawsuit on the Caribbean island and flies with private security details after being warned by local police that the situation could become dangerous for him if he stayed on the island for too long.
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