The Connecticut banker who refused to return for a hearing over the death of a Anguilla hotel worker is 'at peace' with his decision, according to his wife.
Scott Hapgood, 46, and his family say a hotel worker, Kenny Mitchel, 27, of Dominica, showed up at their room unannounced during their April vacation and demanded money, then attacked them. Mitchel died, and Hapgood, who said he acted in self-defense, was charged with manslaughter.
Hapgood did not return to the Caribbean island on Monday, citing the vicious death threats he has received and concerns about receiving a fair trial.
His wife Kallie told The New York Post: 'As stressful as the past week has been, we are happy we followed the advice of our legal counsel and confident we made the right decision for Scott and our family.'
Hapgood is understood to have stayed in the US rather than risk being jailed for 'two year waiting for trial to begin'.
Kallie added: 'Anguillian officials also told us throughout this process they could not guarantee Scott’s safety, which is not surprising considering the threats we’ve received on social media and the taunts of prisoners in jail that they planned to "bash his head in".'
Scott Hapgood, pictured with his wife Kallie, was due in court in Anguilla on Monday on manslaughter charges. Hapgood is understood to have stayed in the US rather than risk being jailed for 'two year waiting for trial to begin'
Scott Hapgood, 46, and his family say a hotel worker, Kenny Mitchel, 27, pictured, of Dominica, showed up at their room unannounced and demanded money, then attacked them. Mitchel died, and Hapgood, who said he acted in self-defense, was charged with manslaughter
But Anguilla's attorney general said Hapgood's concerns about his safety and the fairness of proceedings are 'totally groundless'.
Anguilla Attorney General Dwight Horsford issued a warrant for Hapgood's arrest following his no show, stating: 'A bench warrant will be sought from the High Court Judge for his arrest. When this is shortly obtained this will be circulated through Interpol to police forces around the world.'
Anguilla is subject to an extradition treaty between the U.S. and Britain and lawyer Juliya Arbisman said: 'My understanding is that there is a whole layer of international processes, so it would be hasty and very oversimplified just to say just because there is an order it entitles someone to go pluck somebody from their home.'
The case has caused racial tensions on the territory of nearly 15,000 people, and many Anguillans demanded that Hapgood return to face justice after he was initially released on bond.
Scott's wife Kallie, pictured hugging their daughters, said: 'We are happy we followed the advice of our legal counsel and confident we made the right decision for Scott and our family'
Hapgood and his family were staying at the Malliouhana Hotel (pictured) in April when he and Mitchel got into a fight when the latter appeared at his hotel room
Shocking recordings of threats made against Hapgood have been cited in his failure to return.
The family released sick voicemail messages, which he received on April 25 from a Connecticut area code, repeatedly mentioning his daughters.
'This is going to come back to you, my friend. It will come back to you. You are a racist ass,' the unidentified male caller told Hapgood in the message.
'And if I ever see your punk a** in Connecticut, I swear to God I'm going to jump you.'
The caller continues: 'I swear to God this thing is going to come so quick you are never gonna expect what the f**k happened to you.
'If I ever see you in Connecticut, you better get up outta here quick. Because the community is going