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Gavin Hapgood (pictured in 2014), 44, who has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing, Kenny Mitchel, 27, in Anguilla, says it was an act of “self-defense”

UBS investment banker who was charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing a maintenance worker while on vacation with his wife and children in Anguilla, says it was “self-defense “.

Gavin Scott Hapgood, 44, was with his two young daughters in his hotel room at the upscale Malliouhana resort when Kenny Mitchel, 27, was killed there on April 13, according to police spokesman Randy Dick.

Hapgood was charged with manslaughter in the case and released on $ 74,000 bail which angered Anguillians, who demand that he return to justice on the British territory of nearly 15,000 people.

Although Dick claims police have no motive in the matter, an island source said Hapgood claimed Mitchel pulled out a knife and attempted to steal it, prompting the banker to fight in self-defense.

A family spokesperson said PageSix that Hapgood acted “in self-defense to protect the lives of his young daughters and himself”.

Hapgood is an Account Manager at UBS Global Asset Management in New York City and lives in Darien, Connecticut.

Dick said Hapgood was originally held at Her Majesty’s Anguilla Prison after being denied bail, but was later released on bail after his lawyer appealed to the High Court.

Mitchel (pictured) was a maintenance worker at a West End hotel in Anguilla, the same hotel where Hapgood and his family were staying

Kenny Mitchel, 27 (left and right) died in Anguilla on April 13. Mitchel was a maintenance worker at the upscale Malliouhana resort, where Hapgood and his family were staying

Police say Hapgood's two young daughters were in the bedroom at the Malliouhana complex (above) when Mitchel died.  Hapgood said he was acting in self-defense when Mitchel pulled out a knife

Police say Hapgood’s two young daughters were in the bedroom at the Malliouhana complex (above) when Mitchel died. Hapgood said he was acting in self-defense when Mitchel pulled out a knife

One video posted to Facebook shows Hapgood being handcuffed and driven inside Her Majesty’s Prison, and another shows him after his release and driven to a private jet.

Hapgood’s release sparked a wave of comments on social media both from Anguilla residents demanding justice for Mitchel and from foreigners who regularly visit the island, with some claiming local anger directed at tourists. scared.

“It’s clear that people are angry with this situation,” Dick said.

“They are very emotional about it. The police continue to act in a very professional manner and let the law take its course.

It is not known how Mitchel ended up in Hapgood’s hotel room in the upscale Malliouhana resort where he worked.

The Hapgood spokesperson told PageSix that “despite false reports to the contrary, the Hapgoods never called for maintenance.”

According to the spokesperson, Mitchel showed up to the family room “out of the blue in uniform” and claimed “he was there to fix a broken sink before launching his sudden and violent attack on the family. “.

Dick said “there are only two people who really know what happened,” adding that the police still have no definitive answers.

Hapgood (pictured, upon arrest) was initially denied bail, but a judge later requested $ 74,000 bail.  He would be back in the United States but must return to Anguilla by August 22

Hapgood (pictured, upon arrest) was initially denied bail, but a judge later requested $ 74,000 bail. He would be back in the United States but must return to Anguilla by August 22

The case was explosive in the small island community, and Dick took to Facebook to detonate what he called “racial or prejudicial statements” that they feared would stain the jury.

“The comments made on the RAPF Facebook have no basis in fact and are likely to incite racial hatred and may prejudice a jury especially since they will be chosen from the community of Anguilla”, Dick said in a statement on the social media platform. .

An autopsy report shows Mitchel died of stomach restraint, positional asphyxiation and sustained blunt injuries to his chest, head and neck.

Dick declined to say if Mitchel, from Dominica, had a criminal history.

The causes of Mitchel's death were found to be stomach restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso

The causes of Mitchel’s death were found to be stomach restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso

US public records show that Hapgood had never been charged with a crime before.

Hotel staff did not return a message for comment, neither Hapgood nor his lawyer, Thomas Astaphan.

A representative from UBS told Page Six: “We are aware of recent events in Anguilla and are monitoring the situation closely. As you will understand, it would not be appropriate for us to provide a comment regarding an active criminal proceeding.

Hapgood’s lawyer said he would return to Anguilla for a hearing on August 22, as required by law.

Dick rejected speculation among Anguillans that he might not appear at the hearing.

“We’ll have to wait until then to see what happens,” Dick said.

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