Anguilla Attorney Generals Chambers Nov 12, 2019 news release re Scott Hapgood

Anguilla Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Scott Hapgood [UPDATE]

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Prosecutors in Anguila announced Tuesday morning that they will ask for a bench warrant for Scott Hapgood’s arrest for failure to appear in court Monday. Update, 8:14 a.m., Nov. 14: Statements from Tim Foy, the governor of Anguilla, and Anguilla Premier Victor Franklin have been added to the end of this article. The announcement from the Anguilla Attorney General’s Chambers called Hapgood’s stated concerns about fairness and safety “totally groundless,” and his decision not to return to Anguilla for the Nov. 11 hearing a “willful defiance of the High Court order.”

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In Letter, Federal Legislators Urge State Dept to Press Britain on Hapgood’s Safety, Fair Treatment

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The same points made in a rally and news conference for Scott Hapgood at Darien Town Hall on Oct. 28 were made in a letter on Monday from six U.S. senators and a U.S. House member to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — security for Hapgood in Anguilla and fair and transparent treatment in the judicial process there. Hapgood, a Darien man in his 40s, is charged in April with manslaughter in Anguilla, a small Caribbean island where he was vacationing with his family. The island is part of the territory of the United Kingdom. Hapgood fought with a hotel worker who showed up at his door.

Lawyer: Darien Man Notified by Anguillian Police of ‘Serious’ Threats Against Him

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Scott Hapgood, the Darien man accused of manslaughter in Anguilla, spoke Tuesday about the stress he and his family have been going through since the deadly struggle in his hotel room with a man he’s said was trying to rob them. “On April 13th, my family’s life was changed forever,” he said in prepared comments at a news conference in Manhattan. The toll on his family and himself were the focus of nearly all his statements. “Since that day, we have been living a nightmare that has gradually become our reality.” In answer to a question later in the news conference, he said of his daughters, now 14 and 12, who were in the room when his struggle with the hotel employee on April 13 led to the man’s death:

“I can tell you that I’m blown away by their strength.

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Hapgood Releases More Detailed Statement on Anguilla Incident and Arrest

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Scott Hapgood and his family have released a second statement (full text below) giving additional details about the circumstances surrounding the fight in the family’s hotel room that later resulted in his arrest on a charge of manslaughter in Anguilla. Anguillan authorities said that asphyxiation was the cause or one of the causes of the death of Kenny Mitchel, the hotel maintenance worker who fought with Hapgood. In the new statement, Hapgood says Mitchel was a stranger to him when Mitchel entered the room, saying he needed to fix a sink. Hapgood says he was attacked by Mitchel, who bit him (the family released a photo of Hapgood taken shortly afterward, see below). Hapgood said he fought back but did not choke Mitchel, who was later restrained by a hotel security guard.

Scott Hapgood Releases Statement on Incident That Led to Death of Anguillan Maintenance Man

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Gavin Scott Hapgood, the 44-year-old Darien man who was charged with manslaughter in Anguilla earlier this month, released a statement through a public relations firm saying that he was “attacked without warning” by the man who died in the confrontation with him. The maintenance worker, identified by law enforcement authorities as Kenny Mitchel, a Dominica native, demanded money and was armed, according to Hapgood’s statement, which was made directly by Kelcey Kintner, a member of the public relations firm Red Banyan and a spokeswoman for the family. Mitchel showed up, in uniform, at the hotel room where Hapgood and his family were staying, saying he was there to fix a broken sink, even though Hapgood never called maintenance, contrary to reports online. The maintenance worker “carried out [a] sudden, violent attack on the family,” according to the statement. A Royal Anguilan Police Force spokesman recently told Associated Press that other members of Hapgood’s family were there when the violence took place.

Additional Details Released in Case of Darien Man Charged with Manslaughter in Anguilla

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Police in Anguilla who have charged Darien resident Gavin Scott Hapgood with manslaughter don’t yet have a motive for the killing of Kevin Mitchel in Hapgood’s hotel room on April 13, but they’ve released some additional details about the case, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Hapgood’s young daughters were in the hotel room when Mitchel died from “positional asphyxia,” police spokesman Randy Dick told the AP. According to the news service, “It is unclear how the 27-year-old Mitchel ended up in Hapgood’s hotel room at the upscale Malliouhana resort where he worked.” —See also: “Darienite Gavin Scott Hapgood Charged With Manslaughter in Anguilla” (April 20)

Tensions have been high in Anguilla since news of the homicide broke last week, with comments on social media “both from Anguillans demanding justice for Mitchel and from foreigners who regularly visit the island, with some saying the general anger directed at tourists frightened them.” The Anguillian newspaper editorialized that residents of the nation, a British territory with less than 15,000 people, should keep calm and let law enforcement authorities do their jobs as a matter of justice.

Darienite Gavin Scott Hapgood Charged With Manslaughter in Anguilla

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Gavin Scott Hapgood, 44, of Darien has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old hotel worker in the Caribbean nation of Anguilla on Saturday, April 13, according to the Anguillan, a local newspaper. Hapgood, an account manager with UBS Global Asset Management in New York City, according to, was arrested, released and then rearrested on Wednesday, April 16, the Royal Anguilla Police Force said. He appeared before a magistrate that day in a local court, where he was initially denied bail, then later granted it after his lawyer appealed to a judge, the newspaper reported. Hapgood is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 22.

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Darien Man, 24, Charged with Killing Couple, Leaving Scene of Dec 22 Car Crash on Long Island

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Patrick Poillon, 24, of Darien killed a husband and wife in a motor vehicle crash on Long Island Dec. 22, then fled the scene, according to an indictment unsealed Monday from a Suffolk County, New York grand jury. “The defendant was allegedly driving more than twice the legal speed limit and blowing through stop signs in a residential neighborhood at the time of this horrific crash,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini (a relative of Darien Planning and Zoning Board Chairman John Sini). “Because of his reckless actions, a husband and wife were killed just days before Christmas.”

The district attorney’s office described what happened with this account, an accusation not proven in court:

At about 10:11 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2018, Poillon was allegedly driving a 2006 Ford Explorer southbound on Huguenot Drive in Mastic Beach, New York when he drove through a stop sign and struck a 2004 Subaru Legacy traveling eastbound on Forest Road West.