Billionaire Tory donor Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law says she is in a “living nightmare” after killing a police chief in Belize.
Canadian celebrity Jasmine Hartin has claimed she accidentally shot Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
The father of five was found dead in shallow water next to a hotel pier with a single gunshot wound to the head.
In the upscale coastal enclave of Ambergris Caye, a police firearm assigned to the 42-year-old police superintendent was recovered from the crime scene.
Ms. Hartin, 32, was charged with negligent homicide and refused bail – but there was speculation that after police she could only escape on a fine decided not to charge her with murder or manslaughter.
Now friends have come to support Mrs. Hartin The post on Sunday, claimed to have evidence that the killing was an accident.
Sources told the newspaper that Ms. Hartin shot and killed Mr. Jemmott with his own gun when he was “drunk” trying to teach her how to use it.
Ms. Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft, the youngest child of Lord Ashcroft, 75, a major Conservative funder who is British and Belizean citizens.
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They said they would not be surprised if Ms. Hartin is released on bail next week – despite Belize police insisting that Ms. Hartin be given “no special treatment”.
“Money has power here,” said Mr Jemmott’s sister, Vidalia Cadogan, on Thursday.
Ms. Hartin had “apparently blood on her arms and clothing” when the police arrived, according to Belize police.
She “was in a somewhat emotional state while moving near Mr. Jemmott’s body on the pier,” police said at a press conference last week.
Your friends told you The post on Sunday They believe that a court’s decision to deny their bail is “politically motivated” and is intended to appease the public.
Sources close to the investigation told the newspaper that Ms. Hartin and Mr. Jemmott had a drink together under the moonlight and claimed that Mr. Jemmott was “very drunk” and was stopped by traffic police that day.
They say bullets recovered from the crime scene convinced prosecutors of her claim she practiced unloading and loading Mr Jemmott’s Glock 17 police pistol.
According to The Mail, Mr Jemmott reportedly told Ms. Hartin to buy a gun after a man threatened her in a bar.
He is said to have told her then to practice reloading the bullets.
On the night of the fatal shooting, Ms. Hartin claims Mr Jemmott gave her his gun and asked her to show if her skills had improved.
Ms. Hartin said he put some bullets on the pier after the gun was unloaded.
Police confirmed last week that bullets were recovered from the scene.
The mail reports that it is possible that Ms. Hartin could plead guilty of negligent homicide due to the May 28 incident.
A friend of Ms. Hartin’s told the newspaper: “She went through all the emotions you can imagine. At first she was a total wreck, but over the days she has improved.”
Last week, Mr. Jemmott’s sister, Cherry Jemmott, said he was “a very top cop with a big dream.”
She described how her brother would be promoted to senior superintendent.
you said the Daily Mail: “He had a shot behind his ear like an assassination. He is so skilled after 24 years” [as an officer], he would never have given up his vigilance. “
The family is planning a public memorial service on June 12 in Dangriga, Belize.