American daughter-in-law of British billionaire ‘is set to be charged’ in connection with death of Belize cop who was fatally shot ‘during a massage and after they had been drinking’
- Jasmine Hartin, the daughter-in-law of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft, is set to be charged over the death of Belize Superintendent Henry Jemmott according to the slain cop’s family
- Jemmott, 42, was found dead in the water off San Pedro island with a gunshot wound to his head early Friday
- Prior to his death, he had been drinking with wealthy Hartin, 38, an American socialite
- Hartin told detectives she was giving the officer a massage moments before the freak accident, according to local news reports
- Hartin was being held at San Pedro police station jail, which a local described as ‘hell on earth’
PUBLISHED: 03:50, 31 May 2021 | UPDATED: 12:35, 31 May 2021
The daughter-in-law of a British billionaire will be charged today over the mystery shooting death of a leading police officer in Belize, according to the slain cop’s family.
Jasmine Hartin, who is married to the son of Lord Michael Ashcroft, has been in custody since early Friday morning after Superintendent Henry Jemmott, 42, was found floating dead in the water off San Pedro island.
The two were drinking and socializing on a pier before dad-of-five Jemmott was killed by a bullet which hit him behind his right ear, allegedly fired by his own service weapon. Dailymail.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Daily MailPauseNext video0:00 / 1:42SettingsFull-screenRead More
Hartin told detectives she was giving the officer a massage moments before the freak accident, according to local news reports. The pair had reportedly been playing around with the weapon before the shooting.
The officer’s sister, Marie Jemmott Tzul, told DailyMail.com Sunday night that the blonde socialite was about to be charged and would make her first court appearance within days.
‘I got a call, but they did not say what she was going to be charged with,’ said Marie, 55.
An unconfirmed report on Belize television suggested that glamorous Hartin, 38, would be charged with manslaughter after she told investigators the Glock pistol went off accidentally as she handed it to Jemmott.
The Belize Police Department Police could not be reached to discuss the report.+11
Jasmine Hartin is pictured with her husband Andrew Ashcroft at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new resort on May 7+11
Police are trying to understand how Henry Jemmott ended up dead, shot with his own police service weapon; a single bullet hole piercing the skin behind his right ear+11
American Jasmine Hartin was drinking with Jemmott before he died. She was pictured handling a gun at a shooting range in an image local news outlets said was taken from her Facebook profile nine years ago
An officer who was among the first on the scene suggested that Jemmott fell on to Hartin after he was shot, and he fell into the water when she pushed him off.
Marie, a retired social worker, told DailyMail.com: ‘I haven’t seen the news because I’m so overwhelmed and devastated by my brother’s death.
‘I can’t can 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.
‘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.’
Jemmott’s family had previously rubbished suggestions that the officer took his own life, despite claims he was experiencing marital problems.
Sister Cherry Jemmott, an Assistant Superintendent with Belize Police, told DailyMail.com: ‘My brother would never ever kill himself. He had his plans. In September he was to be promoted to Senior Superintendent and he was to be transferred to another unit. My brother is a very top cop with a big dream.
She added: ‘He had a gunshot behind his ear like an assassination. He is so skillful after 24 years [as an officer], he would never have left his guard down. He was a top cop. I don’t know how he let down his guard to be shot with his own gun.’
Cherry said a security guard heard a single shot.
Cherry said she believes her brother, whose nickname was King because he was his parents’ only son, and Hartin knew each other because she does business in San Pedro and he was the officer in charge of the area two to three years ago.
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Hartin was in custody in a holding cell at the San Pedro police station jail which one local described as ‘hell on earth’+11
Police tape marks the area where the shooting took place on Friday morning+11
Jemmott’s body is seen being brought to shore on Friday morning after it was seen floating in the sea earlier that day+11
Hartin’s husband, Andrew Ashcroft, 43, has lived in Belize for over 20 years, he said. His father is Lord Ashcroft, a well-known British political donor and former deputy chairman of the British Conservative Party
Meanwhile, Henry Jemmott’s niece, Renisha Martinez, wrote on Facebook: ‘I know for a fact my uncle would never do a suicide. He was murdered and we need justice. That man loved his job so much that he wouldn’t even take days off!’
She added: ‘First and foremost my Uncle is a dedicated man when it comes to his job. He is a caring and supporting dad, uncle and friend. He loved being out and working hard. He believed that hard work came with alot of discipline.
‘My uncle was a great man in my eyes and anybody else who knows him would feel how I feel.’
Hartin and her husband, Andrew Ashcroft, share two children together. They spend much of their time in Belize, where they own a luxury hotel named Alaia. It only opened for business earlier this month.
According to Belize Police Commissioner Chester Williams, Hartin left the hotel late Thursday evening and walked a short distance down a beach to a small wooden jetty.
She met up with Jemmott, who was reported to be an old friend. Commissioner Williams confirmed the two were alone, drinking alcohol, and breaking the island’s 10pm to 5am Covid curfew.
‘They were both fully dressed,’ he told reporters. ‘They were known to each other. They were drinking for a couple of hours before the incident occurred.’
He added that the incident appeared to be ‘rather personal and not an attack’ and the pair were friends who had been drinking at the time.
Hartin was in custody in a holding cell at the San Pedro police station jail which one local described as ‘hell on earth’.