The Connecticut father and businessman, accused of homicide against his two young daughters for murdering a Caribbean resort worker, says he and his family "had a nightmare."
"My family's life changed forever on April 13," said 44-year-old Gavin Scott Hapgood at a press conference in New York on Tuesday before his court hearing on Anguilla Island on Thursday. "Since that day we have been living a nightmare that has gradually become our reality."
Hapgood was with his two young daughters in his upscale Malliouhana Resort hotel room when he claims 27-year-old employee Kenny Mitchel pulled a knife and tried to rob her after claiming he had come into the room to do that Repair sink.
He says he fought Mitchel and killed him for self-defense, which "left his family hanging", but he says, "I would do it again and thank God I was in this room when he came."
Gavin Scott Hapgood, 44, says he and his family have had a nightmare since killing a Caribbean hotel employee on April 13
Hapgood spoke to his lawyer in New York on Tuesday before flying to Anguilla, where he will appear in court for a court hearing to be charged with manslaughter on Thursday
Hapgood and his international lawyer Juliya Arbisman traveled to the Caribbean island of Anguilla this week to meet his bail.
He had just returned from the island on Monday and will fly back to court for a hearing on Thursday.
A toxicological report shows that 27-year-old Mitchel had cocaine, marijuana and other drugs and alcohol in his system when he was killed
But Tuesday Hapgood said he had been exposed to threats since the murder and that it was frustrating to deal with the local lawsuit and local government.
Hapgood was arrested four days after the attack and charged with manslaughter. He was detained in Her Majesty's Prison in Anguilla after being denied bail.
However, he was later released on a $ 74,000 bond after his lawyer appealed to the High Court, which angered the Anguillans.
They demanded that he be brought to justice by almost 15,000 people in the UK.
"We want the same thing as the people of Anguilla: to get the truth out," said Hapgood. To that end, I will fully meet the requirements of the court to ensure that all facts are presented.
"This story is surrounded by a lot of misinformation and utter falsehoods, and I hope that the people of Anguilla will understand how this tragic event developed when the real story is presented to the public."
Arbisman says that she is concerned about Hapgood's "ability to get a fair trial" and says that despite reports from the island, she does not believe that he received special treatment because he is American.
"We urge prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to work with us to ensure a safe and fair trial."
Mitchel was killed on April 13 by Gavin Hapgood (44) (pictured with his family) at the Anguilla resort where he worked. Hapgood killed Mitchel in front of his two daughters
The UBS banker claims that the murder was "self-defense to protect the lives of his young daughters and himself" and is seen here with bites and scratches and information from the family
Police say Hapgoods were two young daughters in the upscale Malliouhana Resort room (above) when Mitchel died
Arbisman claimed that the prosecutor's office had held Mitchell's toxicological report for two months.
It was announced on Monday that the toxicology report showed that Mitchel tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and other drugs at the time of his death.
The report also concluded that a child's 27-year-old father had a blood alcohol level of 0.181, more than double the legal limit in the United States and the United Kingdom.
It was also known that Mitchel was arrested and accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Emily Garlick just a month before his death on April 13.
The case was pending at the time of his death, but Garlick, who moved from the UK to Anguilla, told the New York Times that the incident was a "misunderstanding".
"It wasn't rape," Garlick said. & # 39; It was a misunderstanding. We had a spit. We had a disagreement. That was & # 39; s. & # 39;
A spokesman for the Hapgood family replied to the news: "It was shocking to learn that the man who violently attacked Scott and forced him to defend his life was released on bail for rape and was getting drunk at the time due to a potentially fatal combination was from illegal narcotics. & # 39;
Hapgood has returned to Anguilla Island to be charged with manslaughter (pictured getting off the plane)
Hapgood (pictured during his arrest) was initially denied bail, but a judge later approved his $ 74,000 bail request
Mitchel was arrested and charged with raping Emily Garlick, the ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, who later referred to the incident as a "misunderstanding" and said it was not rape
"It is certainly the most terrible thing I have ever experienced," said Hapgood. "Not just the attack, but also the way I was treated on the island, the time I spent in prison."
The family said in a statement in May that Hapgood was "fighting for his life" and was bitten several times in the confrontation.
According to the spokesman, Mitchel appeared "unannounced in uniform" in the family room, claiming "he was there to fix a broken sink before he carried out his sudden, violent attack on the family."
"All I did was defend my young daughters from an attacker who was crazy and desperate, and I just have to hold on to that fact," said Hapgood.
"This was my first legal experience, so I'm very nervous," added Hapgood. "But I know my family was a victim."
He thanked his family and legal team for supporting him and "staying so strong during this process".
"We have a long way to go, but I look forward to returning one day to the life we once had," he said.
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