ANGUILLA-COURT-US based banker fails to make court appearance on Caribbean island.


An American charged with manslaughter in the death of a hotel worker on the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla failed to return for a court hearing in the Caribbean island on Monday indicating that he feared for his life and that he would not be given a fair trial.

The decision of the 44-year-old Scott Hapgood comes amidst a statement by President Donald Trump that 'something looks and sounds very wrong.

'I know Anguilla will want to see this case be properly and justly resolved,' Trump added in his statement late October.

A spokesman for Hapgood, said the banker could not 'return to Anguilla to clear his name' because authorities there 'will not give him a fair trial or guarantee his safety'.

The spokesman, Jamie Diaferia, speaking on the US-based television station, CNBC, said that Hapgood's legal team had worked to obtain a guarantee that he would return to Anguilla and be allowed to return to the United States on bail after the preliminary hearing ended.

Diaferia said Anguillan authorities declined to give those guarantees and also declined Hapgood's offer to appear at the hearing via a video link.

Hapgood is charged with killing 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel on April 13, a Dominican national, at the Malliouhana Hotel.

Hapgood claims that Mitchel had entered his family's hotel room under the...

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