Gavin Scott Hapgood was born in 1975 and from the USA. He is a Connecticut banker and r charged with killing a hotel worker in Anguilla raised $250,000 in six days for the man’s defense — before GoFundMe yanked the effort amid outrage from the dead man’s supporters.
Gavin was arrested for manslaughter on April 16 while vacationing with his family on the idyllic Caribbean island of Anguilla. According to the Royal Anguillan Police Force Facebook page, officers were called to investigate the death of Dominica national, Kenny “Mylez” Richie Marty Mitchel (also spelled by some authorities as Mitchell) on April 13 at 4:05 PM. Hapgood and his family were staying on the island’s West End at the same hotel where Mr. Mitchell was employed as a maintenance worker.
The RAPF’s Facebook page states that Hapgood was arrested on April 16 based on interviews and the victim’s pathology report. RAPF authorities then went to Anguillan attorney general to review their findings and determine if an arrest should be made.
Online conversations about Kenny Mitchel’s death are becoming heated. There are allegations of racism as well as allegations that Anguillan authorities quietly set Mr. Hapgood free to protect the country’s tourism interests. Some people have chimed in on social member to say this was a simple case of self-defense. There is a concern that Hapgood, who is believed to be back in the United States, will not voluntarily return to Anguilla to face charges.
Hapgood is charged with manslaughter in Mitchel’s April 13 death at the Malliouhana Resort where Mitchel worked. The two were involved in a physical altercation in the room where Hapgood was staying with his wife and two daughters before Mitchel died of “prone restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso,” according to his death certificate.
The UBS banker claims he acted in self-defense when Mitchel showed up to the room, brandished a knife and demanded cash. Hapgood pinned him to the ground and wouldn’t let up until security arrived, an unnamed worker who said he witnessed the dispute previously told The Post. Mitchel appeared to be struggling for air while in Hapgood’s hold, the alleged witness said.
A GoFundMe page created for a Darien man as he fights manslaughter charges in Anguilla has been pulled by the site for violating its terms of service, GoFundMe said. The campaign to raise money for Scott Hapgood and his family raised more than $250,000 toward its $400,000 goal by Wednesday after just six days, before it was removed on Thursday.
And a Facebook page dedicated to “justice” for the man the Hapgoods say was killed when Scott Hapgood defended himself and his children from an attack contained both angry messages about the campaign and celebration that the page was pulled.
The Facebook page, called “Unity for Justice” shared a screenshot of the GoFundMe on Sept. 22, with the caption, “This is how you buy your way out of murdering someone. His supporters are lined up and marching full speed ahead with no breaks.”
GoFundMe confirmed that the campaign was pulled for violating the terms of service and, and requests for further information were directed to the terms of service page. It did not specify which term the campaign violated and did not respond to the question. However, one of the terms deemed a violation it includes is “Campaigns we deem, in our sole discretion, to be in support of, or for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases.”
The Hapgood family has said the Darien man was defending himself and his young children after Mitchel came to their room to fix a bathroom sink. Hapgood contended the sink was never broken and no one called for someone to come to their room, but he trusted Mitchel because he was wearing a hotel uniform.
The family has accused Mitchel of pulling a knife, resulting in Hapgood “fighting for his life” and being bitten multiple times, including on the face.
A resident of Darien Connecticut, Hapgood is a successful financial advisor and is listed as working for UBS in Manhattan.Brokercheck.com Shows that Hapgood has 20 years of experience, And has special licensing in 52 states.
UBS is a multinational Swiss-based banking and investment firm Based in Basel, Switzerland. UBS is the largest Swiss banking operation in the world. In 2017, UBS was the 11th largest banking institution in Europe.