Jasmine Hartin was reportedly drunk and high the night she was brought into prison, according to her cellmate. The daughter-in-law of British billionaire Lord Ashcroft was also reportedly “roughed up” and not treated well when she was thrown into her jail cell.
Hartin was arrested after shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott on a pier in San Pedro, which she claims was an accidental discharge while she gave him a massage. The 42-year-old cop was found dead in the nearby water from a bullet wound in his right ear that caused brain hemorrhaging. Jemmott was shot and killed with his service weapon, a Glock 17 handgun.
According to Hartin’s cellmate, a source named Jose, Jasmine “was really f—ed up. So I can’t say if she was doing drugs or what but she was really, she was lost that night.” Police did find cocaine on her and threatened to charge the socialite with possession charges if she didn’t cooperate with police during their investigation.
When she was brought to what some describe as Belize’s toughest prison, Jose claims that “what I saw in the morning, in the night they brought her, really they were roughing her up because it was a cop that died. So to be real with you, what I saw it wasn’t nice.”
When Jasmine Hartin was brought in, she was still soaked in Jemmott’s blood. Jose said that her “clothes were full of blood,” and that she was cursing at the officers, demanding a cigarette. When they denied her, she pleaded for her medication.
“So the cops took her inside and I don’t know if they gave [Jasmine] her medication or what but five minutes after they took her to the bathroom and a female police officer took off her clothes and put it in a bag, and they gave her some clothes,” Jose described of the incident on Friday. “She went to the bathroom to bathe, change off, and she came out and they locked her beside me and that’s when we started talking.”
Hartin will likely spend another week in jail, while she awaits her court appearance on June 9. The judge, however, has decided to place the billionaire’s daughter-in-law in Hattieville, a tougher prison on mainland Belize, having denied her request for bail. Jasmine Hartin faces manslaughter charges, which would entail a $10,000 (US) fine before she can be free. Jemmott’s family isn’t satisfied.
Henry Jemmott’s death is still a bit shrouded in mystery for police, but new details have started to surface. According to Jemmott’s friend, he was going on a “secret date” that night and claimed he was sleeping in the Grand Colony Villas for free.
The resort, which stands between an Ashcroft property known as the Alaia hotel and the Mata Rocks hotel pier, is a lush property out of an officer’s price range. “You have money then?” Jemmott’s friend had asked him.
Jemmott replied that “I have stripes with the Ashcroft’s, they are my friends.” The friend then joked, saying “you’re with the rich people now.” Jemmott then explained that he was going on a secret date, but said: “that’s my secret, this one I’m taking to my grave.” It’s unclear whether Jemmott intended to see Jasmine Hartin, the wife of Andrew Ashcroft, or whether the secret date was supposed to be with someone else.
The events unfolded past curfew on the Mata Rocks hotel pier, in which Jasmine Hartin claims Jemmott had placed his service weapon on the floor while she massaged him. When she attempted to hand it back, it accidentally went off. Jemmott fell on top of Hartin, who shoved him into the water.
Some officials don’t believe her story, and neither does Jemmott’s family. Firearm experts explained that the Glock 17 handgun has a safety bar over the trigger, which prevents accidental discharge. “You have to have a firm grip on the trigger and pull it all the way back for it to go off,” according to Michael Van Durme, a former officer who teaches gun safety.
Some theories are quite outlandish, such as an assassination by Hartin of the police official. Jemmott’s sister, Cherry Jemmott, believes it to be the case, though proving it is another challenge entirely. Instead, Henry Jemmott’s family is setting for a wrongful death lawsuit, not satisfied with just a manslaughter charge. “It’s not right,” Cherry Jemmott, the victim’s sister said. “It’s not right. The family will feel really bad. This is not justice.”
Cherry continued saying, “My brother will have a state funeral on June 12. He gave 24 years to the police. And this is the value they put on his life?”