Friends defend Darien man charged in Anguilla killing

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A spring break vacation in paradise remains a hellish nightmare for a Darien man and his family.

44-year-old Scott Hapgood faces manslaughter charges in Anguilla.

The family was visiting the Caribbean island in April when Hapgood claims he was attacked in their room by an armed maintenance worker.

On Monday, one of his close friends spoke exclusively to News 8 on behalf of the family.

“I just think he’s about as wonderful a human being as I know. He’s kind, he’s generous, he’s volunteered countless hours in the community,” explained Tim Kennedy.

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The family says 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel, a hotel worker, was armed when he claimed to be fixing a sink inside the family’s suite.

They said Scott acted in self defense when he fought Mitchel in front of their two young daughters.

But the Royal Anguilla Police Force arrested Hapgood, charging him with manslaughter.

He posted bail and flew back to Darien.

Kennedy added that the family and their children are suffering after the incident.

In a statement, the family said: 

“Scott himself sustained severe injuries as a result of the physical struggle which ensued. Scott was literally fighting for his life. He was bitten multiple times by the attacker, including on his face.” 

Hapgood has to return back to Anguilla for a hearing in August.

The family said his detention there was one of the most grueling events of his life. 

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