Jasmine Hartin, the socialite accused of killing a prominent police officer in Belize, is apparently a good shot – as evidenced by the new video of her blasting a shattered watermelon with a shotgun.
Hartin, 32, who claims he accidentally shot Superintendent Henry Jemmott while handing him his pistol while drinking together on a jetty, is seen in a video posted by 7 News Belize.
Dressed in a revealing black halter top and white shorts, Hartin deftly aims the melon and pulls the trigger, disintegrating the fruit on a scenic beach with the ocean in the background.
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The mom of 4-year-old twins Charlie and Elle then turns to the camera, smiles and goes to kiss the barrel of the 12-gauge shotgun.
Other footage from the video posted by local media shows Hartin in shooting ranges – as well as sitting on a horse saddle suspended from the ceiling of a bar.
The 7 News Belize reporter suggested that the videos had started circulating online as part of a smear campaign against a “suspected accidental killer” in an attempt to prevent him from regaining custody of his children.
In an interview with the outlet, Hartin claimed that no one from the family of his longtime partner Andrew Ashcroft – the 43-year-old son of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft – had visited him.
“From what the family told me, they were ordered to immediately distance themselves from me, that they could not get bad press associated with their reputation,” she told the outlet. .
“So therefore, I was not, I had no family coming to visit me in prison,” Hartin said. “Instead, a few friends came to see me, but I was never allowed to talk to the children during this time.”
She said she was “shocked” to be rejected by Ashcroft after the shooting.
“Andrew and I have been together for seven years. We’re not perfect. There have been ups and downs – we definitely had a complicated relationship,” she said. “But even with all of this, I can’t believe how I was treated,” Hartin told the station.
“I just feel like I’m the mother of your children… you know I don’t know how you take everything away from me and show me no love or support for a time that I needed most right now. – and again I don’t want to do this about myself, “she continued.
“I’m in a situation because of a horrible accident. From the 28th when I lost my friend Henry, and it was terrible. So I’m just saying I’m sure his family enjoys having love. and the support to get through this horrible time. I feel like I don’t have the love and the support to get through this on my end, “Hartin said.
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She also said she felt Ashcroft had “kidnapped” their children.
“I don’t know if I have the right to say that, but to refuse a mother to her children. When we have nothing in custody and we write, I don’t know, I don’t know any other situation where they did this to a mother – just took the kids and set up a blockade of security guards to keep you from them on your own property, then try to lay the blame on yourself for trying to see your children. ”Hartin continued, appearing to be choking. up.
“I think it’s kidnapping already. I think they can do whatever they want. It shows how much power they have. When you have that much money and power in a small country like Belize, it shows what you are capable of doing. ” she said.
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Hartin added: “I spent 19 days in prison and shouldn’t have spent one.”
The socialite – who is accused of negligent manslaughter – was released on bail by a lawyer outraged by the way she was “thrown to the wolves” by her common-law family.
She had been sent back to prison after filming herself angrily facing Ashcroft and accusing him of preventing him from seeing their children.
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