Authorities in Anguilla are setting up a warrant for the capture of a Connecticut man who would not come back to the Caribbean island to deal with indictments in the passing of an inn resort specialist, the lawyer general for the British region said Tuesday.
Lawyers for Scott Hapgood, of Darien, said he skirted Monday’s pretrial hearing since Anguilla authorities didn’t give confirmations he would be permitted to stay free on bond and he was stressed over his wellbeing.
Anguilla is dependent upon a removal settlement between the U.S. also, Britain, and the standoff could set up a strategic conflict over a case that has grabbed the eye of President Donald Trump.
Hapgood and his family state an inn laborer, Kenny Mitchel, 27, of Dominica, appeared at their room unannounced during their April excursion and requested cash, at that point assaulted them. Mitchel passed on, and Hapgood, who said he acted in self-preservation, was accused of homicide.
A post-mortem examination report demonstrated Mitchel kicked the bucket of positional asphyxia and got obtuse power wounds to his middle and different territories. Hapgood’s delegates said a toxicology report indicated that Mitchel was found to have drugs, including cocaine, in his framework.
Anguilla’s lawyer general said Hapgood’s worries regarding his wellbeing and the reasonableness of procedures are “absolutely unfounded.” Hapgood’s $74,000 bond was relinquished and the capture warrant, once acquired, will be imparted to Interpol, authorities said.
“Other formal procedures will presently start with respect to Hapgood who is currently a criminal,” the lawyer general’s office said in a news discharge. “The Crown stays resolved to advance this case.”
Hapgood is white and Mitchel was dark. The case has caused racial pressures on the domain of about 15,000 individuals, and numerous Anguillans requested that Hapgood come back to confront equity after he was at first discharged on bond. A representative for Hapgood said he has confronted passing dangers.
After Hapgood’s better half showed up a month ago on the “Fox and Friends” morning appear and asked Trump to intercede, the president tweeted that “Something looks and sounds wrong.” He stated: “I realize Anguilla will need to see this case be appropriately and legitimately settled!”
A notice recorded with Interpol would put Hapgood in danger of capture on the off chance that he goes outside the nation, yet he would not confront removal except if that were officially mentioned by the British government, as indicated by Douglas McNabb, a lawyer with aptitude in global removal protection. The U.S. secretary of state would have the last word on removal.
“The hypothesis is that governmental issues should become an integral factor in removal procedures, yet legislative issues are legislative issues,” McNabb said.
Anguilla’s representative, Tim Foy, said Hapgood has no motivation to question the decency of the region’s legal procedure or dread for his wellbeing.
“Cases made by his counsels and supporters of ‘developing turmoil’ in light of this issue just oppose conviction. Nothing could be further from reality,” Foy said.