Socialist Jasmine Hartin was transferred to Belize Central Prison on Tuesday after being accused of accidentally shooting a prominent local police officer.
Images released by the Daily Mail show Hartin – the daughter-in-law of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft – being driven out of a stuffy San Pedro police station.
She had been held at the train station – in a tiny concrete cell that a local described as “hell on earth” – since she was first questioned after Friday’s fatal shooting against the superintendent of San. Pedro, Henry Jemmott.
Hartin, 32, was denied bail on arraignment Monday night for negligent manslaughter.
Her lawyers were unable to successfully appeal the decision of a local magistrate, who ruled that the mother-of-two posed a flight risk.
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Wearing jeans, a red hoodie, flip flops and a black mask, the petite blonde wore a plastic bag that concealed her handcuffs, according to the store.
She kept her head down and remained silent as reporters shouted questions, in footage of her transfer released by 7 News Belize.
Hartin was placed on a golf cart to be taken to Hattieville Jail, the only correctional facility in the small nation of Central America.
The prison, which holds around 1,150 inmates, is managed by the Kolbe Foundation, a non-governmental organization with a Catholic vocation.
In the hours leading up to Hartin’s transfer, an officer erected a memorial for Jemmott, a 42-year-old father and five and 24-year-old police veteran, the Daily Mail reported.
“We made sure she was handcuffed,” a source told the outlet. “There was no special treatment. He was our friend.”
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The charge against Hartin – negligent manslaughter – would rarely carry a prison sentence and is more likely to end in a fine if she pleads guilty.
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