The socialite daughter-in-law of British Billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft only confessed to accidentally shooting a senior police officer in Belize after being threatened with cocaine charges, according to local reports.
Jasmine Hartin – who was denied bail on Monday – initially claimed that San Pedro superintendent Henry Jemmott was shot dead Friday morning by someone from a passing boat, police said at 7 News Belize.
She then pulled herself together – but began to cooperate when local authorities told her she would be charged with possession of cocaine, the station said.
She then “made a bail statement,” Belize Police Commissioner Chester Williams told the station.
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Hartin – a Canadian who lives in Belize with her husband Andrew Ashcroft, Lord Ashcroft’s son – said she massaged the best cop while they were drinking together on a jetty when she accidentally shot him inside him Holding out his Glock pistol on duty, local reports said.
He fell on top of her – and as she panicked to bring him down, her body fell into the water, where it was found, police said.
Jemmott’s family have raised doubts about his story, however, with a sister, Deputy Police Commissioner Cherry Jemmott, claiming he “had a shot behind the ear like an assassination”.
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“He was a great cop. I don’t know how he let his guard down to get shot with his own gun,” she told the Daily Mail.
Sources also told 7 News Belize that the deceased officer’s Glock had trigger safety built in, describing an accidental discharge as nearly impossible.
However, the station noted that the charge against Hartin – negligent manslaughter – rarely carries a prison sentence and is more likely to end in a fine if she pleads guilty.
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Hartin – the Director of Lifestyle and Experience at Alaia Belize, a luxury resort developed by her husband – is represented by one of the Central American nation’s top lawyers, former Attorney General Godfrey Smith.
This report originally appeared in the New York Post.
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