Sunday 25 October, 2020

Man charged in hotel worker's death skips Anguilla hearing

Scott Hapgood and his wife

Scott Hapgood and his wife


DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the latest pretrial hearing.

A spokesman for Scott Hapgood says Anguillan officials have not given assurances that his client would be allowed to return home on bond. Spokesman Jamie Diaferia says there also have been death threats against Hapgood.

Hapgood and his family say a hotel worker, Kenny Mitchel, showed up at their room unannounced during their April vacation and demanded money before attacking them. Mitchel died and Hapgood was charged with manslaughter.

Elected officials including US Senator Richard Blumenthal had expressed concern about Hapgood's safety.

Diaferia said Anguilla officials rejected an offer for Hapgood to appear by video link for Monday's hearing.

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