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Jasmine Hartin: daughter-in-law of the great Conservative Lord Ashcroft charged with manslaughter after a police officer was shot dead in Belize | UK News

The daughter-in-law of the great Tory Lord Ashcroft has been charged with negligent manslaughter after a police commissioner was shot dead in Belize.

Jasmine Hartin, the partner of Michael Ashcroft’s son Andrew, was found on a dock near where Superintendent Henry Jemmott’s body was discovered Friday morning in the town of San Pedro.

Her lawyer Godfrey Smith told reporters on Monday evening that she had been deprived of bail and would be remanded in custody.

“The charge is negligent manslaughter,” he said. “The bond has been refused. We are appealing to the Supreme Court, as usual.”

Mr Smith said Hartin’s lawyers would have a statement on Tuesday.

The pier where Henry Jemmott's body was found.  Pic: AP / 7 Belize News
The pier where the body of Henry Jemmott was found. Pic: AP / 7 Belize News

She is expected to be taken from San Pedro to Belize City tomorrow for remand in prison.

Police Commissioner Chester C. Williams told local media that Hartin avoided making a statement, preferring to wait for his lawyer to be present.

He said only one gunshot was heard “and upon investigation, police found the woman on a dock and she had what appeared to be blood on her arms and on her clothes.”

“A gun was also seen on the jetty which was recovered and we learned that the gun belonged to the police and had been attributed to Mr. Jemmott,” he said in a statement. press conference Friday.

Hartin’s stepfather, Lord Ashcroft, is a former Conservative Party vice-chair and a major funder.

Jasmine Hartin is in police custody.  Pic: AP / 7 Belize News
Jasmine Hartin is in police custody. Pic: AP / 7 Belize News

He also has Belizean nationality and was formerly its representative to the United Nations.

Mr Williams added that the incident “seems rather personal and not an attack”.

“From what we know is that they are friends. From what we learned, they were drinking. According to the investigation, they were alone on the dock and yes, they were all two well dressed. “


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