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Jasmine Hartin, 33, admitted she shot Superintendent Henry Jemmott when his gun accidentally went off while she was handling it while having a late-night drink on a pier.But she insisted that she did not realize at the time that her service pistol was loaded, meaning that she was not responsible for her death.
She said: ‘How could she be charged with negligent manslaughter when I really thought the gun was empty?’
In an exclusive interview, the Canadian-born socialite said she regretted initially making up a story that she had been shot by a man on a passing boat, saying she had lied out of panic and fear.The ex-partner of billionaire Lord Ashcroft’s son has given her the first in-depth account of how he gunned down a police chief in tropical paradise Belize
She insisted that she did not realize at the time that her service pistol was loaded, meaning that she was not responsible for her death. In the picture: the dock on which the couple was sitting.
In an exclusive interview, the Canadian-born socialite regretted initially making up the story that she had been shot by a man on a passing boat, saying she had lied out of panic and fear.
Lord Ashcroft’s son, Andrew, 43, and his former partner, Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is facing a manslaughter charge in Belize.
The latest shocking episode in the Hartin saga comes as she prepares to stand trial later this year for the death of Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
Hartin insisted that she and Superintendent Jemmott were just friends rather than lovers, even though her relationship with Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew was disintegrating at the time.
She said the Belize Police Chief had earlier shown her her Glock 17 pistol while advising him to get a gun to defend himself against her after she was the victim of an attempted s*xual assault.
Hartin claimed that Superintendent Jemmott had invited her and her partner Andrew de Ella, 44, the son of the former Conservative Party vice-chairman, out for a drink while he was staying near her.
But she went alone to join him after Andrew opted to sleep early at his apartment in San Pedro, on the resort island of Ambergris Caye, near Belize.
Hartin recounted how the off-duty police chief, nicknamed ‘King’, had made the fatal decision to take his gun, after returning to his room to look for it as they headed to the pier.
She said: “He grabbed it before we left and I remember making a joke about it, like, ‘Come on here, there’s security here, like you don’t need it,’ but he brought it in. Anyway.”‘
Speaking in the documentary One Bullet in Belize, which is available on discovery + UK from Saturday May 28, she shuddered at the memory of the gun, saying: “I didn’t need to be there, I didn’t need to be there.”
She recalled: ‘It was a full moon. It was a beautiful night. We were talking, listening to music, having fun and we went to the dock. She wanted to put her feet in the water.
Hartin told interviewer Sarah Hunt how her police officer friend once again suggested that she familiarize herself with handling a gun and bullets in a magazine, as he had done a few days earlier after the attack on her.
She said: ‘I had the magazine. She was just emptying and reloading it without it being in the gun. It was like a game to see how fast she could get them off and then put them back on.
‘And then she took the bullets and put them to the left of her. I had an empty magazine, completely empty, and I put it [in the gun] and then I put it down.
‘We were sitting on the side of the pier. Both feet were on the dock, so the gun is on my right, the bullets are on Henry’s left.
She said her friend, who had recently told her he was single after the end of a long relationship, then asked her to rub his shoulder because it hurt after the day’s fish.Hartin said she remembered pulling a prank on him, saying: ‘I said, ‘Don’t you have a bunch of girls to do this for you?’
I crawled back a bit, my right leg is still straight, but my left leg was bent behind his back and I’m rubbing his shoulder.
“Then at some point, he says that he wants to go back in, give him the magazine, so he was going to refill it real quick.’So, I lean forward. I pick it up. I’m trying to get the magazine out [of the gun]. I’m still sitting. He is still sitting.
‘I’m using the Moon to see and I’m pressing to try to get the magazine out, and it was like it was stuck.I don’t recall ever touching the trigger. Next thing I know, the gun goes off.
Hartin, who is out on bail after being charged with negligent manslaughter, added: “I thought it was a safe gun, it was clear, empty.”
The 20-stone officer fell backwards on top of her, pinning her against the catwalk after a bullet from the pistol pierced him in the back of the head.
Hartin, who has four-year-old twins with Andrew Ashcroft, added: “I have blood so I know something is wrong.”I have Henry on top of me. As I wriggle out from under him, he begins to slide toward the water.
“I tried to hold him, and he was so much bigger than me, there was no way I could have kept him on that dock, but I tried to get under his arms and hold him, and I couldn’t.”
Finally, the police officers found the body of the police chief floating in the water.
Hartin continued: ‘They said they found him, and I said, ‘Is he okay?’ And they said, “No, he’s dead.” And that’s when I found out that he was actually dead. I don’t… yes.
She said that she then made the statement that she now bitterly regrets, saying that he had been shot by a man on a passing boat, before recanting and telling the truth.
Hartin said, “Once the adrenaline died down, once I calmed down, once it all hit me, I was like, ‘No, I remember what happened, it was an accident.’Describing how she regretted her earlier statement, she said, “Yeah… I was so shocked when I said that initially, I barely remember what I said.”
“To be honest, I’m sorry that I probably should have been honest from the time. But when you’re in so much shock and mental trauma, you… I don’t know. It makes no sense why I said that. I don’t know why I said that.
I’m exhausted, I’m in shock. I’m scared, you know, I’m covered in my friend’s blood. I don’t know. You can’t explain why people do things when they’re in shock.”
She emphatically denied rumors that she was having an affair with Superintendent Jemmott and insisted that their relationship was one of friendship.
Hartin said, “It just didn’t seem risque or s*xual at all, I didn’t think about it at all.” It was more like a simple friendship and we trusted each other.
‘He did not separate and come to me. I know he pulled some pranks on some friends about dating. So maybe he was just kidding them.
She also insisted that the fact that they met in a public place near the Grand Colony apartment she shared with Andrew Ashcroft supported her insistence that they were not lovers trying to find each other discreetly.
Hartin, who is due to stand trial in Belize anytime from June 13, said: “It was my front yard and Andrew was supposed to come down with me.”
‘He wasn’t hitting on me. And he really thought Andrew and I were still a good fit, no one really knew we weren’t together. We kept it a secret.
She also attacked other wild rumors circulating in Belize, including gossip suggesting the gun went off after Andrew Ashcroft caught her and Superintendent Jemmott on the dock.
Hartin said: ‘The stories are completely absurd. The most recent is that Henry and I were having a fierce relationship on the dock and Andrew caught us and they fought over the gun.
“I’m like, this is so dramatized, you can’t make this what it’s not, it was just the two of us on the dock and it was an accident.”
Responding to claims that he had murdered the police chief, he said: “What was my motive? I just thought, ‘Hey, I’m going to take my friend to my front yard where my kids are sleeping upstairs. no reason because it’s thursday, and i feel like, am i going to kill him in cold blood? in my front yard? in front of my security?
I’m so sick of telling people I’m not a killer. Like the fact that that has to come out of my mouth like a sentence is crazy. It’s completely ridiculous.Protesting her innocence of the manslaughter charge, she added: I didn’t know that Henry handed me a loaded gun.
I emptied the magazine. I assumed it was empty so I don’t get how that is negligent manslaughter.I don’t feel like I was negligent. I really don’t feel like it was an accidental death.”
Former dental assistant Hartin described how she was raised by a single mother in rural Canada before arriving in Belize in 2014 after she ended a long-term relationship, landing on the bustling vacation island of Ambergris Caye.
She became a real estate agent in the main city of the island, San Pedro, where she met businessman Andrew Ashcroft, whose father owned the Bank of Belize.
Hartin said that she was ready to return to Canada, but she fell in love with Andrew’s sense of humor and vowed to make Belize her home.
The couple became parents to twins in 2017, but they never married, although they referred to each other in public as husband and wife.
Jasmine admitted that she was blissfully happy after the birth of her children, saying, “It was the best decision I’ve ever made, my whole life, I wanted to be a mom.”
But cracks had privately begun to appear in the golden couple’s relationship when they opened their luxury Alaia resort in San Pedro in early May 2021.
Andrew beamed at the official opening, insisting that he and his “wife” Jasmine and their children were 100 percent committed to Belize.
Hartin smiled for the cameras, but inside she cringed that their seemingly perfect relationship was a sham.
None of the prominent guests at the ceremony realized that the couple led separate lives and slept apart.
Hartin said she was the subject of an attempted s*xual assault two weeks later, at a friend’s birthday party, when an unknown man attacked her.
She said: “He was straining and pulling at my pants.”
Hartin recalled how she fought the man, but she was scared and immediately contacted her friend Superintendent Jemmott for support and advice.
She said that he came to help her at night, recalling: “He scolded me like a big brother, scolding me for putting me in a bad situation.”
The police chief advised her to apply for a gun license for personal protection, as many others did in a country known for her high murder rate.
Superintendent Jemmott then handed her his Glock 17 service weapon so she could practice loading and unloading the magazine.
Just 24 hours later, on May 24 last year, she saw a message on her Facebook page, saying that she was single after being in a relationship for many years.
She wrote asking if she was okay, and he replied that she was “better than ever” and asked if she could book him into her hotel because he needed a break.
Superintendent Jemmott returned to the island within 24 hours and went fishing on May 27, catching barracuda and snapper in the abundant Caribbean waters.
She then spent the evening at the home of Panny Arceo, a fishing guide and close friend of hers, who recalled that she was “in a good mood.”
Hartin and Andrew Ashcroft were at a rooftop bar with friends, but she said she wasn’t having fun.
She said that she would return to her apartment shortly after 10 p.m. meter. to relieve the babysitter, when she received a text message from her police friend of hers.
He joked that he had been in San Pedro for two days, but he still hadn’t seen her or Andrew, and suggested they join him for a drink, she said.
Hartin said she donned jeans and had a bottle of wine for her fateful encounter, while Andrew decided to stay behind.
She is now separated from Andrew and is having a bitter custody battle with him over her twins. He has accused her of being an unfit mother.
Superintendent Jemmott’s sister, Cherry Jemmott, who is also a police officer, does not believe Hartin’s account and claimed last October that she should be charged with murder rather than manslaughter, saying, “My brother was shot behind the ear… execution style.”
Recalling her younger brother as a good student, loyal friend and accomplished drummer, she said, “He loves his shakka, he loves the drums, he loves his Punta music.”
Superintendent Jemmott’s soldier friend Billy Reyes, who worked with him on many drug-fighting assignments, said in the Discovery+ UK documentary: “He was 6ft 2, huge guy… You don’t want that guy to hug you and bring”. . It would be like, “I’m coming, I’m coming.”
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- Lord Ashcroft’s former daughter-in-law has told how she shot dead a Belize cop
- Jasmine Hartin, 33, admitted she shot Superintendent Henry Jemmott in 2021
- She ‘didn’t realise’ his gun was loaded so she ‘was not responsible’ for his death