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Slain Belize police chief’s family pursues lawsuit, socialite suspect released on bail

The family of Belize’s murdered police superintendent intends to pursue a wrongful dying suit in opposition to a socialite who has been charged in his dying. 

Jasmine Hartin has been held with out bail since she was charged with the dying of Henry Jemmott, the 42-year-old superintendent of the Belize Police Department, who was discovered lifeless within the waters off San Pedro Island.

Jemmott had a single gunshot wound behind his proper ear, and an post-mortem report decided the reason for dying to be a “massive brain hemorrhage” as a consequence of a “gunshot wound to the head.” 


The health worker’s findings have prompted Jemmott’s family to file a wrongful dying swimsuit in opposition to Hartin, an American who’s married to the son of businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, ABC News reported

The particulars surrounding Jemmott’s dying stay murky at greatest, however various particulars present a scandalous image: Jemmott, a father of 5, supposedly informed a buddy that he was going on a “secret date,” and that he refused to call the girl he was meeting, according to the Evening Standard

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Hartin was seen with blood on her palms, arms and clothes close to the pier the place Jemmott’s physique was discovered. Police described Hartin as “deeply distressed and shaking.” 

Police detained Hartin and charged her with manslaughter by negligence. Hartin remained in jail for eight days after a courtroom initially denied bail; the courtroom reversed its choice Wednesday, permitting Hartin to depart jail on bail of $30,000 BZ, the Guardian reported.  

However, Hartin was ordered to give up her journey paperwork as a way to forestall her from leaving the nation till her trial concluded. 

Investigators have had a troublesome time piecing collectively the occasions of the night. 

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A girl who had been consuming with Jemmott earlier within the night mentioned he had complained of marital issues and was taking a vacation. Jemmott then met with Hartin on a pier, the place they have been confirmed to be alone and consuming. 

Hartin initially informed police that somebody had shot Jemmott from a passing boat, however then supposedly confessed after Belize police threatened to cost her with cocaine possession. 

She then offered “a statement under caution,” 7 News Belize reported. 

Hartin claimed she had been giving Jemmott a therapeutic massage when she unintentionally shot him whereas handing him his service pistol. 

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A guard who responded to the scene urged that Jemmott had fallen on Hartin after he was shot, and the socialite then pushed his physique off of her and into the water. 

Police, nonetheless, as an alternative investigated the chance that Hartin and Jemmott had been enjoying a “pistol game,” a police supply told The Times

Hartin lives in Belize along with her family and is the director of life-style and expertise at Alaia Belize, a boutique resort run by her husband, Andrew Ashcroft. 

Some particulars about Hartin stay unclear: reviews stay unsure whether or not she is married to Ashcroft or is merely his accomplice; moreover, some retailers have reported Hartin’s age as 32 whereas others declare she is 38. 

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Andrew Ashcroft is the youngest son of Lord Michael Ashcroft, a serious donor of the Conservative Party within the United Kingdom and its former deputy chairman. 


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