Saturday 28 November, 2020

US man charged with manslaughter in Anguilla labeled a fugitive

An American man who is facing a manslaughter charge for killing a hotel worker in Anguilla is now said to be labeled a fugitive.

According to the Stamford Advocate, authorities on the island are also preparing an arrest warrant for Scott Hapgood to be brought back to the British territory. 

Hapgood failed to appear in court on Monday on the advice of his attorneys who said he feared for his safety.

Anguillan Govorner Tim Foy said in a statement that his country is committed to fairness in the judicial process.

"He has no reason to doubt the fairness of the judicial process," Foy wrote in another statement released Tuesday morning. "The rule of law and respect for it are paramount in this territory, as in all constituent jurisdictions of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court."

As a British territory, Anguilla falls under a 2002 Extradition Treaty, allowing the country to seek the extradition of those charged with certain crimes from other nations through a warrant process.

Hapgood, from Connecticut, USA, is charged with the murder of Kenny Mitchel who, he said, attacked him in his room.

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