The Connecticut banker accused of killing a hotel worker at an Anguilla resort broke his silence about the fatal encounter — claiming the man was “crazed and desperate” and that 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,” Darien financial adviser Scott Hapgood said in his first interview Monday since the April 13 incident, according to CBS.
Hapgood’s spokesperson has claimed that the 27-year-old staffer, Kenny Mitchell, was “armed and demanding money” when he visited their room in uniform at the Malliouhana hotel.
The pair allegedly engaged in a violent struggle as 44-year-old Hapgood attempted to defend himself.
“I would do it again and thank God I was in that room when he came,” Hapgood told CBS.
Four days later, Hapgood was charged with manslaughter and released on $74,000 bail. He said he’s been shuttling back and forth from the Caribbean island, where he’s scheduled to appear Thursday in court.
“It’s certainly the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced,” the father told CBS. “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.”
Toxicology reports revealed this week that Mitchell tested positive for traces of cocaine and marijuana in his system when he died.
His mother, however, has insisted that her son had no history of violent behavior.
“My son wasn’t into those things. I know Kenny, Kenny wasn’t into those things,” Rina Mitchell told CBS. “I am just praying and hoping that my son gets justice no matter what.”