Police believe the daughter-in-law of a British billionaire was playing with an officer’s gun when she went out and killed him, reports say.
The body of 42-year-old superintendent Henry Jemmott was found floating in the sea near a pier in San Pedro, Belize, on Friday.
Jasmine Hartin – the American partner of the son of the wealthy Tory donor Lord Ashcroft – is being held in connection with the incident.
The father of five, Mr Jemmott, was found with a single gunshot wound behind his right ear.
It was alleged that Ms. Hartin, 38, was found with blood on her arms and clothing prior to her arrest.
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You and Mr. Jemmott are said to have known each other socially and drank before the tragic incident.
According to the timesBelize police now believe that Ms. Hartin and the officer played with his pistol.
Commissioner Chester Williams has confirmed the couple were alone and there is no evidence of any third party involvement.
“We have to be open-minded about the investigation, but so far we have no evidence that there was a third actor,” he said.
“Without an explanation, she would have to be treated as a murderer.”
Attorney Edward Fitzgerald QC told the publication that if Mr. Jemmott were accidentally killed as a result of a “gun game,” Ms. Hartin would likely be charged with manslaughter.
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She and her husband Andrew Ashcroft, 43, run a luxury hotel company in the Central American country.
He is the youngest of Lord Ashcroft’s three children from his first marriage and is a citizen of Belize.
The couple have two children and recently opened a luxury resort together near where the shooting took place.
Lord Ashcroft, a prominent Tory supporter and former treasurer of the party, is a citizen of Belize but remains active in British politics.
It was alleged that charges could be brought against Ms. Hartin on Monday.
The dead officer’s sister, Marie Jemmott Tzul, 55, told the story DailyMail.com that the celebrity could appear in court within a few days.
She said, “I got a call but they didn’t say what should be charged with her.”
Another relative said that Mr. Jemmott should be promoted to chief superintendent and transferred to another unit, describing him as “a very good police officer with a big dream.”
He was reportedly on leave by the police at the time due to personal problems.
The family told 7 news Belize that an autopsy had confirmed that the shot was murder.