A senior police officer has been shot dead in Belize with the wife of a leading British businessman based in the country arrested as part of the murder investigation.
According to sources, American Jasmine Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft, who is the son of billionaire businessman and leading Tory donor and former deputy chairman of the party Lord Ashcroft.
Andrew, 43, is the youngest of Lord Ashcroft’s three children from his first marriage and is a citizen of Belize, where he lives and works with Jasmine in San Pedro, the main town on the island of Amergris Caye.
It lies off the coast of Belize and is a popular holiday destination.
Local media have named the dead officer as Superintendent Henry Jemmott who was shot dead in the early hours of Friday morning. According to reports, his body was discovered in a dock area of San Pedro.
According to sources, American Jasmine Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft, who is the son of billionaire businessman and leading Tory donor and former deputy chairman of the party Lord Ashcroft
Local media have named the dead officer as Superintendent, Henry Jemmott who was shot dead in the early hours of Friday morning
Pictured: Lord Ashcroft and Lord Steinberg in the Robing Room of the House of Lords
One local media outlet reported that the woman who has been detained, described as a ‘well-known foreigner’ was with him at the time of the shooting and is currently being questioned by officers.
She was arrested with blood on her clothes with reports claiming that Superintendent Jemmott was out socialising when he was killed.
He was found dead at around 2am with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Superintendent Jemmott was commander of precinct two in Belize City, the largest city in the Central American country.
Lord Ashcroft has extensive business interests in Belize with his son Andrew recently responsible for overseeing the development of a luxury resort on Amergris Caye called Alaia Belize.
Made up of lavish beach front condos, it states on its website that Andrew is a citizen of Belize and has ties going back to the country for ‘generations,’ while Jasmine Hartin is described as his wife who is the project’s Director of Lifestyle and Experience.
According to sources, American Jasmine Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft
Superintendent Jemmott was commander of precinct two in Belize City, the largest city in the Central American country
It also stated that Andrew is a former director of the British Caribbean Bank and has been responsible for funding a number of high-profile real estate developments in Belize and the surrounding region.
Referring to Jasmine, it states: ‘Along with her husband, Andrew Ashcroft, Jasmine has played an integral role in shaping the vision for Alaia Belize from the very beginning. Her passion for Belize and her appreciation for the local nature and culture have been guiding forces as she has collaborated with the entire development team on every aspect of the experience, from the master plan and amenity curation to interiors and social programming.’
Tributes have been paid to Superintendent Jemmott, who was well known in Belize.
The Belize coast guard, which works closely with the country’s police force was amongst the first to express its sorrow.
Acting Commandant Commander Gregory Soberanis wrote to Belize’s police chief, Chester Williams: ‘His service to his Department and country will not be forgotten. Today we mourn his loss, but honour is duty to service.
‘On behalf of the Belize Coast Guard our deepest sympathies as we stand together with the Police Department in this time of bereavement.’
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