The Connecticut father and businessman who killed a resort worker earlier this year and he claims tried to rob him and his family while on vacation in the Caribbean says he would do it again.
‘All that I did was defend my young daughters in front of an attacker that was crazed and desperate and I have to just hold onto that fact,’ father-of-three Gavin Scott Hapgood said of the April 13 incident. ‘I would do it again and thank God I was in that room when he came.’
Hapgood will spend the upcoming week traveling back and forth to the island of Anguilla, where he’s facing manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel.
The 44-year-old UBS banker was inside his room at the upscale Maillouhana Resort the afternoon of April 13 when a staff member, later identified as Mitchel, “showed up unannounced in uniform around 4 p.m., claiming he was there to fix a broken sink.”
From there, Hapgood claimed the encounter took a turn for the violent with Mitchel demanding he hand over cash.
“I was on vacation relaxing with my family and attacked at knife point in a private hotel room. All that I did was defend my young daughters in front of an attacker that was crazed and desperate and I have to hold onto that fact,” he told CBS News.
“It’s certainly the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced,” Hapgood said. “Not just the attack but the way I was treated on the island, the time I spent in jail, the threats since, the frustration with dealing with the local judicial process and the local government.”
Hapgood’s family claims he was stabbed several times and had bruises over his arms and chest. Family spokeswoman Kelcey Kitner also claimed Mitchel was alive the last time Hapgood saw him.
“As Hapgood left to receive emergency care at the hospital, the attacker was alive and being taken away by medical staff for treatment,’ Kintner said. She also rebutted claims about when Mitchel died.
Mitchel’s autopsy showed he was beaten and choked to death. A toxicology report revealed Mitchel had cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in his system. His blood-alcohol level was two times the legal limit in the U.S.
Mitchel’s mother, Rina, said her son had no history of violent behavior and that he was a considerate man and loving father.
Hapgood was arrested four days after the attack and initially denied bail. He was later released on a $74,000 bond after his lawyer appealed to the High Court. The move sparked outrage on the island.
There has been doubt among locals that Hapgood would return to the tiny British territory for his court appearance on Thursday, CBS reported.
He is currently in the United States but is scheduled to go back to Anguilla on Wednesday.