Who is Billionaire’s daughter-in-law accused of killing police officer in Belize

Canadian socialite, Jasmine Hartin, was transferred to the Belize Central Prison on Tuesday, after being charged with killing police officer, Henry Jemmott.
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She had been held at the station — in a tiny concrete cell which a local described as “hell on earth” — since first being brought in for questioning after Friday’s fatal shooting of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.

Hartin, 32, was denied bail at her arraignment on Monday evening on a charge of manslaughter by negligence.

Her lawyers were unable to successfully appeal the decision of a local magistrate, who ruled the mom of two was a flight risk.

According to one source, a local security guard raced to the scene when he heard the gunshot and alerted police who arrived to find Hartin 'deeply distressed and shaking' Photo: Facebook
According to one source, a local security guard raced to the scene when he heard the gunshot and alerted police who arrived to find Hartin 'deeply distressed and shaking' Photo: Facebook

In her statement to police, Hartin claims she invited the veteran officer to her apartment where the pair drank and discussed her personal security. She told cops they later walked a short distance to the wooden pier by the Mata Rocks hotel, which was closed because of the pandemic.

Hartin told police that Jemmott said he was suffering from shoulder pain so she offered him a massage while he placed his service weapon on the dock.

It was when she picked it up to pass it back to him that that loaded gun fired accidentally, according to the statement. Hartin was found at the scene by a security guard 'hysterical' and covered in blood, but clammed up and summoned a lawyer once she was in police custody, sources said.

The blonde socialite has spent the past four days holed up in a tiny concrete cell at the stiflingly hot police and magistrates court complex in San Pedro, the tropical resort's only town. She was seen pictured behind bars by local media in Belize on Monday evening, according to DailyMail.

Police abruptly ejected reporters and members of the public from the building before she was taken from the tiny, concrete holding cell to the court, one floor above, at around 3:30pm local time.

DailyMail.com has learned Hartin, who is charged with manslaughter by negligence, could soon be moved to Belize Central Prison, in Hattieville, the only correctional jail in the country. Photo: Facebook
DailyMail.com has learned Hartin, who is charged with manslaughter by negligence, could soon be moved to Belize Central Prison, in Hattieville, the only correctional jail in the country. Photo: Facebook

Police Commissioner Chester Williams said on Sunday morning that Hartin had given a statement under caution and a file was passed on to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal.

The punishment for manslaughter can be 'life' in prison - up to 25 years - in the Belizean criminal system. However, Hartin is facing a maximum of five years, sources told DailyMail.com.

Sources with knowledge of the island's secretive justice system said the punishment could alternatively be just a fine of around $20,000 Belizean dollars, or $10,000 in US money.

Police Commissioner Chester Williams said on Sunday morning that Hartin had given a statement under caution and a file was passed on to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal.

The punishment for manslaughter can be 'life' in prison - up to 25 years - in the Belizean criminal system. However, Hartin is facing a maximum of five years, sources told DailyMail.com.

Who is Jasmine Hartin?

On her LinkedIn profile she is listed as director of lifestyle and experience for Andrew Ashcroft’s luxury Alaia resort, with a previous role as a real estate associate for SANCAS Realty Ltd.

A page on the hotel’s website, which has now been removed, said: “Along with her husband, Andrew Ashcroft, Jasmine has played an integral role in shaping the vision for Alaia Belize from the very beginning”, as reported by The Sunday Times.

Lord Ashcroft, businessman and politician, arrives at the Manchester Central convention complex in Manchester on 29 September, 2019, on the first day of the annual Conservative Party conference  (AFP via Getty Images)
Lord Ashcroft, businessman and politician, arrives at the Manchester Central convention complex in Manchester on 29 September, 2019, on the first day of the annual Conservative Party conference (AFP via Getty Images)

It is not clear if Ms Hartin is legally married to Mr Ashcroft or if they have a common-law marriage.

In a video posted on the hotel’s YouTube page Ms Hartin can be seen with her two children and partner at the resort launch, which was attended by the minister of tourism.

In the video Mr Ashcroft, whose father Lord Ashcroft is the former deputy chairman of the British Conservative Party and who grew up in Belize as a child and holds dual Belizean and British citizenship, said his family was “100 per cent committed to Belize” and that the children would soon start school there.

Speaking over video clips of his children Mr Ashcroft says: “For my family this is about the best thing, I mean we are committed as a family. My wife Jasmine, my kids, we are 100 per cent committed to Belize. They start school here this summer. We’re going to start a new project here this October called The Alaia Beach Club which will double our key count so we are here to stay and do more investments in Belize. We might have a couple surprises of other projects around Belize we’d like to do.”

Marie Jemmott Tzul, one of the officer’s sisters, told DailyMail.com that she was “overwhelmed and devastated by my brother's death.”

She added: “I can't speculate over whether they will bail her or she will stay in prison, because I don't know the charge yet. What I would say to Jasmine is, give closure to the family. Tell us what happened. We want to know for the benefit of our family. He was my only brother.”

Ms Jemmot Tzul continued: “He had five children and a partner for 14 years. Every time I look at my nieces and my nephews I break down and cry. Please tell us what happened.”

Members of the officer’s family denied local reports that he may have killed himself due to marital problems.

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