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Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin has said she is in a “living nightmare” after she said she shot a police officer by accident in Belize, according to reports

Jun 6, 2021

The daughter-in-law of billionaire Tory donor Lord Ashcroft says she is in a “living nightmare” after killing a police chief in Belize, it has been reported.
Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin has claimed she shot superintendent Henry Jemmott by accident.
The father of five was found dead in shallow water next to a hotel pier with a single bullet wound to his head.
A police firearm assigned to the 42-year-old police superintendent was retrieved from the scene in the upscale coastal enclave of Ambergris Caye.
Ms Hartin, 32, was charged with manslaughter by negligence and denied bail but there was speculation she could escape with just a fine after police decided not to charge her with murder or manslaughter.
Mr Jemmott’s family are reportedly planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit (Image: Facebook)
Now, friends have come out in support of Ms Hartin in The Mail on Sunday, claiming to have evidence the killing was an accident.
Sources told the paper that Ms Hartin shot Mr Jemmott with his own gun as he “drunkenly” tried to teach her how to use it.
Ms Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft, the youngest child of Lord Ashcroft, 75, a major financial backer of the Conservative Party who holds dual British and Belizean nationality.
Jasmine Hartin was denied bail after Henry Jemmott’s death (Image: Facebook)
The Belize Police Department insists Hartin will receive “no special treatment” (Image: 7 News Belize)
Mr Jemmott’s family are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to ABC News.
They said they would not be surprised if Ms Hartin is granted bail next week even though the Belize Police Department insists Ms Hartin will receive “no special treatment”.
“Money has power here,” Mr Jemmott’s sister, Vidalia Cadogan, said on Thursday.
Ms Hartin had “what appeared to be blood on her arms and on her clothing” when police arrived on scene, according to Belize Police Department.
Lord Michael Ashcroft pictured in 2017 (Image: Geoff Pugh/REX/Shutterstock)
She “was somewhat in an emotional state walking herself on the pier” near Mr Jemmott’s body, the force said during a press conference last week.
Her friends told The Mail on Sunday they believe a court’s decision to refuse her bail is “politically motivated” and designed to appease the public.
Sources close to the investigation told the paper that Ms Hartin and Mr Jemmott had been enjoying a moonlight drink together, and allege that Mr Jemmott was “highly intoxicated” and had been pulled over by traffic police that day.
Tory grandee Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law Ms Hartin (Image: Copyright unknown)
They say bullets retrieved from the scene convinced prosecutors her claim she had been practising unloading and loading Mr Jemmott’s police-issue Glock 17 handgun was true.
Mr Jemmott allegedly told Ms Hartin to buy a gun after a man threatened her in a bar, according to The Mail.
He is then said to have told her to practice reloading the bullets.
On the night of the fatal shooting, Ms Hartin claims Mr Jemmott handed her his gun and asked her to show if her skills had improved.
Locals heard a single shot ring out and Mr Jemmott’s body was found with his gun nearby (Image: 7 News Belize)
Ms Hartin said he placed some bullets on the pier after unloading the gun.
Police confirmed last week that bullets were recovered from the scene.
The Mail reports that there is a possibility Ms Hartin will plead not guilty to a charge of manslaughter by negligence over the incident on May 28.
A friend of Ms Hartin’s told the paper: “She has gone through every emotion you can imagine. Initially she was a total wreck but as the days have gone by she has improved.”
Superintendent Jemmott was a married family man (Image: Facebook)
Last week, Mr Jemmott’s sister Cherry Jemmott said he had been “a very top cop with a big dream”.
She described how her brother was set to be promoted to Senior Superintendent.
She told the Daily Mail: “He had a gunshot behind his ear like an assassination. He is so skilful after 24 years [as an officer], he would never have left his guard down.”
The family are planning a public funeral ceremony on June 12 in Dangriga, Belize.