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UBS FA Facing Manslaughter Charges in Anguilla Claims Victim Was Armed Attacker

May 6, 2019

The UBS financial advisor charged with manslaughter in Anguilla in connection to the killing of a hotel employee continues trying to clear his name, most recently releasing a photo of his bruised face allegedly taken after the incident, which he insists was in self-defense, according to news reports.

Gavin Scott Hapgood, who’s registered as a broker-dealer representative with UBS, was charged April 16 in the killing of Kenneth Mitchel and released on $74,000 bail to return home to Darien, Conn., shortly after. Late last month, a spokeswoman for Hapgood said that he had been acting in self-defense in response to Mitchel showing up unannounced, armed and demanding money.

Hapgood released a photo, published by NBC News, among other outlets, showing him bloodied around the nose, mouth, forehead, ear and chest. The advisor says that he never requested a maintenance worker to show up at his room but let Mitchel in, trusting his hotel uniform, according to the TV news channel’s website.

"The man knocked on the door, saying he was there to fix a broken sink,” Hapgood’s family says in a statement cited by NBC news. “Scott indicated the sinks were not broken as far as he was aware, but that the man was free to have a look. Like any of us would, he trusted a hotel staff person in uniform."

The family’s statement doesn’t explain what prompted the fight, which would leave Mitchel dead from choking and beating, according to Anguilla’s police and the coroner’s report, the website writes.

“[Hapgood] was bitten multiple times by the attacker, including on his face,” the family says in the statement cited by NBC news. “After the attacker was restrained by a security guard, and before Scott was taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment for his injuries, we took the included photo."

Hapgood is due to appear in Anguilla court on Aug. 22. His lawyer on the island has said that Hapgood has every intention to return for the hearing.

By Alex Padalka
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