The family of Belize’s murdered police chief intends to pursue an unjustified death case against a socialite who has been charged in his death.
Jasmine Hartin has been detained without bail since she was charged with the death of Henry Jemmott, the 42-year-old superintendent of the Belize Police Department, who was found dead in the waters off San Pedro Island.
Jemmott had a single gunshot wound behind his right ear, and an autopsy report determined the cause of death was a “massive brain hemorrhage” due to a “gunshot wound to the head.”
The doctor’s findings have prompted Jemmott’s family to file an unlawful death case against Hartin, an American married to the son of businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, ABC News reported.
The details of Jemmott’s death remain dark at best, but a number of details paint a scandalous picture: Jemmott, a father of five, reportedly told a friend that he was going on a “secret date” and that he refused to name the woman. he met according to the Evening Standard.
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Hartin was seen with blood on his hands, arms and clothes near the pier where Jemmott’s body was found. Police described Hartin as “deeply concerned and shaken.”
Police detained Hartin and charged her with manslaughter for negligence. Hartin remained in jail for eight days after a court initially denied bail; the court reversed its decision on Wednesday and ordered Hartin to leave the jail on $ 30,000 bz bail, the Guardian reported.
However, Hartin was ordered to hand over her travel documents to prevent her from leaving the country until her trial was concluded.
Investigators have had a difficult time gathering events in the evening.
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A woman who had been drinking with Jemmott earlier in the evening said he had complained of marital problems and was taking a vacation. Jemmott then met with Hartin at a pier where they were confirmed to be alone and drinking.
Hartin initially told police that someone had shot Jemmott from a passing boat, but then allegedly confessed after Belize police threatened to charge her with cocaine possession.
She then delivered “a statement under caution,” 7 News Belize reported.
Hartin claimed she had given Jemmott a massage when she accidentally shot him while handing him his service pistol.
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A guard responding to the scene suggested that Jemmott had fallen on Hartin after he was shot, and the socialist then pushed his body off her and into the water.
However, police instead investigated the possibility that Hartin and Jemmott had played a “gun game”, a police source tells The Times.
Hartin lives in Belize with her family and is director of lifestyle and experience at Alaia Belize, a boutique resort run by her husband, Andrew Ashcroft.
Some details about Hartin remain unclear: reports remain uncertain whether she is married to Ashcroft or simply his partner; in addition, some stores have reported Hartin’s age as 32, while others claim she’s 38.
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Andrew Ashcroft is the youngest son of Lord Michael Ashcroft, a major donor to the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom and its former Vice President.