Canadian ‘socialite’ charged in shooting death of Belize police superintendent, Report

Canadian 'socialite' charged in shooting death of Belize police superintendent, Report
Canadian 'socialite' charged in shooting death of Belize police superintendent, Report

The bullet that killed Police Supt. Henry Jemmott pierced his skull behind his ear.

It was his own handgun that sent the 42-year-old Belize police officer to the morgue early last Friday.

And now cops say the person who pulled the trigger is 32-year-old Canadian socialite Jasmin Hartin who is married to the youngest son of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft.

Hartin was charged on Monday with manslaughter by negligence in a case that’s gripped the small Central American nation. She is being held without bail.

But sources told 7 News Belize that the pretty blond only confessed to killing the cop last Friday when detectives threatened her with cocaine charges.

The bizarre tale unfolded on the piers of San Pedro on the Caribbean side of the country. Hartin initially told detectives that Jemmott was shot by someone in a passing boat and his body fell into the water.

So far, her story has changed a number of times.

She claimed that Jemmott was a friend and she was giving him a massage while the pair boozed together on the dock. Hartin then said she accidentally shot the longtime lawman while giving him his Glock.

Hartin claimed the cop fell on her, she panicked and his body fell into the sea.

But his family noted that his death “looked more like an assassination”.

Jemmott was staying at the resort and dealing with relationship woes. He was a longtime friend of the Ashcroft family, local sources said.

Hartin and Ashcroft live in Belize.

“He had a gunshot behind his ear like an assassination,” the dead man’s sister, assistant police Supt. Cherry Jemmott told Belize 7. “He was a top cop. I don’t know how he let down his guard to be shot with his own gun.”

Other sources said the Glock has a built-in trigger safety making an accidental discharge nearly impossible.

Hartin — a mother of two —works as director of lifestyle and experience at the Alaia Belize luxury resort that was developed by her husband.

At the time of the shooting, the socialite and cop were both defying a COVID curfew.

When emergency personnel arrived, they discovered the socialite soaked in blood, “distressed and shaking.”

Both families denied any romantic or sexual connection between the dead man and the socialite.

Currently, she faces 25 years in jail, but a fine is more likely.

According to The Times of London, a police source said the working theory is that the pair had been drinking and playing with Jemmott’s gun when tragedy struck.

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