Jasmine Hartin Wiki – Jasmine Hartin Bio
Jasmine Hartin is a British billionaire’s son’s partner. She has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a police officer in Belize, local news outlets in Belize reported Monday.
Hartin, the partner of Andrew Ashcroft, whose father is British billionaire Lord Ashcroft, was arrested and charged on Monday with manslaughter by negligence, her lawyer Godfrey Smith told reporters Monday. Smith said bail for Hartin was denied.
She is 38 years old.
The body of Henry Jemmott was found floating in waters off San Pedro, Belize, with a single gunshot wound to his head, on Friday morning, local media reported.
The 42-year-old father of five was reportedly drinking on a pier on Thursday evening with Jasmine Hartin, 38, the partner of Andrew Ashcroft. She had allegedly been playing around with Jemmott’s gun while the pair were drinking when the officer was fatally shot, police believe.
Andrew Ashcroft is the youngest son of former British Conservative Party deputy chairman Lord Michael Ashcroft, who also holds Belizean citizenship.
Hartin was reportedly found by a security guard “deeply distressed and shaking” with blood on her hands, arms and clothing. Jemmott’s service gun was also found at the scene, local media reported.
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Hartin is said to have initially told police officers at the scene in the early hours of Friday that the shot had come from a passing boat, The Times reported.
She later reportedly told police she was giving Jemmott a shoulder massage when he asked her to pass him his gun. The pistol had no safety mechanism and somehow fired and shot the officer in the back of the head before he fell on Hartin, and she pushed him off and into the sea, still according to The Times.
“Upon investigating, police found the female on a pier and she had what appeared to be blood on her arms and on her clothing,” police chief Chester Williams told reporters at a press conference, as reported by Belize’s Channel 5 News. “And inside the waters, right near the pier, police recovered the lifeless body of Mister Jemmott, with one apparent gunshot wound behind the right ear.”
The 38-year-old is believed to have been alone with Jemmott in the coastal resort town after the island’s midnight curfew.
“We have to look at every possibility […] We have to look at the investigation with an open mind, but so far we have not had any indication to suggest that there was any third actor,” Williams added.
The police chief said that the pair were known to be friends and had been drinking for a couple of hours before the incident.
He also noted that the post-mortem revealed Jemmott’s injury was not consistent with suicide and confirmed “the manner of death [was] homicide.”
Since the shooting, Hartin has been detained in a police cell and has instructed Godfrey Smith, Belize’s former attorney general, to be her counsel.