An arrest warrant has been issued for the Connecticut banker accused of killing a hotel worker in Anguilla — a day after he skipped a court hearing out of fear for his safety, a report said.
Scott Hapgood is now considered a fugitive and could be extradited to Anguilla to face a manslaughter charge for the death of 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel, the Caribbean island’s attorney general told CBS News.
Hapgood, 44, was set to begin the final segment of a series of sealed hearings known as a preliminary inquest, which was expected to last one week. At the conclusion, he would learn whether his case would go to trial and be heard by a jury.
“It has become progressively apparent that Scott would not receive a fair trial in Anguilla,” Hapgood’s spokesman Jamie Diaferia has said.
As a result, Diaferia said Monday’s hearing would proceed without his client, who had a local attorney present.
But Anguilla’s magistrate scoffed at Hapgood’s concerns, calling them “totally groundless,” according to the network.
The magistrate characterized Hapgood’s court absence as “willful defiance,” and said he would “not allow [Hapgood] to evade justice.”
The UBS investment banker has returned to the island three times since he was charged and released on $74,000 bond.
The father of three told authorities that during the family’s trip seven months ago to the luxury Malliouhana Hotel, Mitchel showed up to their hotel room, whipped out a knife and demanded money.
A violent struggle ensued between the hotel worker and Hapgood, whose two young daughters were in the room at the time. Mitchel died at the hospital an hour later.
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