A US investment banker was charged with manslaughter while on vacation in Anguilla this week.
Royal Anguilla Police arrested Gavin Scott Hapgood, 44, in connection with the death of local man Kenny Mitchel, 27, on April 13, according to a Wednesday Publish on Facebook.
Police initially reported that Hapgood, who works at UBS, was denied bail by the district court and was due to appear on August 22.
However, L’Anguilienne, a local newspaper, later reported that a judge had granted bail of 200,000 East Caribbean dollars (74,000 US dollars) at his request – and that he would be back in the United States.
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UBS banker Gavin Scott Hapgood, 44, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of Kenny Mitchel, 27 (left and right), in Anguilla on April 13. Mitchel was a maintenance worker at a hotel in Anguilla’s West End, the same hotel where Hapgood and his family were staying
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 medical examiner ruled that the causes of Mitchel’s death were prone restraint (a maneuver that reduces a person’s ability to breathe), positional asphyxia and blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso.
Mitchel was a maintenance worker at a hotel in the West End of Anguilla, the same hotel where Hapgood and his family, who live in Connecticut, were staying.
According to a Facebook Publish from a local resident, Hapgood called the front desk on April 13 and asked Mitchel to come specifically to his room where he, his wife and children were staying.
A scuffle reportedly took place in the bathroom, where the resident claims Hapgood began to suffocate Mitchell.
The post goes on to say that Hapgood told police Mitchel pulled a knife at him and attempted to rob the family and acted in self-defense.
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 reportedly told police Mitchel pulled a knife at him and attempted to steal him from his bedroom, a fight ensued and Hapgood acted in self-defense. The causes of Mitchel’s death were found to be stomach restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso
UBS did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
‘[Hapgood] intends to return to Anguilla to clear his name, ”said his lawyer, Thomas Astaphan, in court, according to The Anguillian.
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.
In a statement, Royal Anguilla Police called on islanders to be patient while an investigation is ongoing.
“We recognize that people want information on the recent arrest and charge of an American tourist, however, like all [investigations] these are not carried out on social networks ”, indicates in part the press release.