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The Connecticut banker accused of killing a hotel staffer at a five-star Anguilla resort could be ordered extradited back to the Caribbean island to face manslaughter charges, the isle’s attorney general said.
Gavin Scott Hapgood, 47, of Darien may face an extradition order after a court in the British territory ruled last week that a magistrate could continue to investigate whether to proceed with manslaughter charges in the death of resort worker Kenny Mitchel, 27, the Stamford Advocate reported.
“If the court finds sufficient evidence and commits Hapgood to stand trial for the offense, the Attorney General may indict him and engage an extradition process,” Anguillan Attorney General Dwight Horsford said last week in a statement.
Hapgood has claimed that he was forced to defend his family when Mitchel showed up in April 2019 unannounced to their room at the five-star Malliouhana hotel, wielding a knife and demanding money.
A violent struggle allegedly ensued, resulting in the death of the hotel worker.
The death certificate said Mitchel died from asphyxiation, but a revised autopsy later revealed that he had a lethal dose of cocaine in his bloodstream.
Hapgood was arrested on a manslaughter charge, though he was later freed on bond and returned home to Connecticut.
The father of three — who was placed on leave from his job at UBS after his arrest — is currently considered a fugitive by Anguillan authorities because his lawyers advised him not to return for a 2019 hearing due in part to safety concerns, the Stamford Advocate reported.
But he could be forced back there since Anguilla is covered by the extradition treaty between the US and Britain.
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