British billionaire’s daughter-in-law accused of shooting Belizean police officer


The daughter-in-law of a British billionaire was charged Monday with negligent manslaughter in the shooting death of a high-ranking police officer in Belize, according to reports.

Jasmine Hartin, 32, married to the son of politically connected businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, was denied bail on arraignment on Monday evening, the Daily Mail reported.

The charges came three days after Hartin was initially held for questioning in the Friday morning death of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.

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Lord Michael Ashcroft addresses delegates at the Conservative Party Conference on September 28, 2014, in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

Lord Michael Ashcroft addresses delegates at the Conservative Party Conference on September 28, 2014, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

The pair were drinking and socializing on a jetty before Jemmott’s body was found floating in the water with a gunshot wound to his head, police said.

The 42-year-old cop was shot behind the ear with his own gun, cops said.

Hartin, a mother of two, was reportedly covered in blood and “deeply upset and shaking” when first responders arrived.

The socialite later told detectives that she was giving the officer a massage when he asked her to hand over her Glock pistol on duty – and the pistol accidentally detonated, according to local reports.

Hartin, a Canadian, lives in Belize with her husband, Andrew Ashcroft, Lord Ashcroft’s youngest son. She is the Lifestyle and Experience Director at Alaia Belize, a luxury resort developed by her husband.

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His stepfather is Belize’s former ambassador to the United Nations and his lawyer, the country’s former attorney general, is said to have visited Hartin in prison on Saturday.

Hartin, a mother of two, was reportedly covered in blood and “deeply upset and shaking” when first responders arrived.

The socialite later told detectives that she was giving the officer a massage when he asked her to hand over her Glock pistol on duty – and the pistol accidentally detonated, according to local reports.

Hartin, a Canadian, lives in Belize with her husband, Andrew Ashcroft, Lord Ashcroft’s youngest son. She is the Lifestyle and Experience Director at Alaia Belize, a luxury resort developed by her husband.

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His stepfather is Belize’s former ambassador to the United Nations and his lawyer, the country’s former attorney general, is said to have visited Hartin in prison on Saturday.

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