Jasmine Hartin’s lawyer doubts socialite’s charges will be upgraded to murder over shooting of cop

Jasmine Hartin’s lawyer says it’s unlikely the socialite’s charges will be upgraded to murder over the shooting of a Belizean police officer.

The 32-year-old, who shares twins with Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, is awaiting trial for shooting dead Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a 42-year-old father-of-five, with his own service pistol in May. She claims it was an accident.

Hartin faces a manslaughter charge and her attorney Dickie Bradley told local media he sees no chance of a pending ballistics report changing that.

She is due in court twice this week, once over the shooting and another separate case where she is accused of assaulting a hotel worker.

Mr Bradley told 7 News Belize: ‘The charge of murder is premised, it is grounded in intentionally taking life.

‘Where is the evidence to show that she intentionally took life? There is none. You would have to concoct, manufacture, guess – that is not the law.’

However, Mr Bradley added: ‘We know that there are machinations and all kinds of malice behind the hounding of this lady.

Jasmine Hartin

Jasmine Hartin

Henry Jemmott

Henry Jemmott

In the early hours of May 28, Jasmine Hartin (left) shot Henry Jemmott dead with his own service pistol. She is charged with manslaughter and maintains the shooting was an accident

Lord Ashcroft's son Andrew, 43, and his former partner Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is facing a manslaughter charge in Belize

Lord Ashcroft's son Andrew, 43, and his former partner Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is facing a manslaughter charge in Belize

Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, 43, and his former partner Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is facing a manslaughter charge in Belize

Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a 42-year-old father-of-five, was killed by a bullet from his own service pistol in May

Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a 42-year-old father-of-five, was killed by a bullet from his own service pistol in May

Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a 42-year-old father-of-five, was killed by a bullet from his own service pistol in May

‘I think you had covered extensively the last time she had a nightmare experience in which she was actually detained when she went to sign in at a station in San Ignacio and then move all around the place like she is one of the worst criminals to ever be caught in the country.’ 

The lawyer was referring to Hartin’s treatment in custody after she allegedly assaulted a hotel worker at the Grand Colony resort, owned by her ex-partner Mr Ashcroft, while on bail in June.

The couple have been embroiled in a bitter custody dispute over their twins since Hartin was charged with shooting Superintendent Jemmot earlier this year.

Mr Ashcroft, whose father is key financial backer of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party, says his former partner is an unfit mother because of her ‘immoral habits’ and her involvement in the accidental shooting death of the police officer. 

‘Her main occupation is socializing and she is addicted to non-prescribed and illegal drugs and is a habitual drunkard,’ Mr Ashcroft has claimed in a court summons. 

Canadian national Hartin has rejected the allegations and says Ashcroft has blocked her from seeing her children without any court order or lawful authorization since June 11. 

She has also complained to Belizean and Canadian authorities that her common law partner of seven years took the children out of Belize without her permission. 

Hartin earlier leaked an explosive video which showed her chasing Mr Ashcroft through his hotel, asking: ‘Why won’t you let me see the kids, Andrew?’

Mr Ashcroft has denied ever preventing Hartin from seeing their children.  

Hartin has claimed no-one from the family of her former partner Ashcroft visited her while she was on bail over the shooting because they had been told they couldn’t have ‘bad press associated with their reputation’. 

She said that although she has had a ‘complicated’ seven-year relationship with Ashcroft with many ‘ups and downs’, she has been ‘shocked’ about the Ashcroft family’s treatment of her since her arrest. 

Andrew Ashcroft claims his ex Jasmine Hartin is unfit to care for twins Charlie and Ellie

Andrew Ashcroft claims his ex Jasmine Hartin is unfit to care for twins Charlie and Ellie

Andrew Ashcroft claims his ex Jasmine Hartin is unfit to care for twins Charlie and Ellie 

Prior to the shooting of Jemmott, Hartin and Ashcroft enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle operating a string of luxurious resorts in Ambergris Caye, a tropical island haven for rich ex-pats off the eastern coast of Belize.

That came to a shocking halt in the early hours of May 28 when Jemmott, tipped as a future leader of his country’s police force, was struck behind his right ear by a 9mm round from his own Glock 17 service pistol.

According to a criminal complaint he had been ‘socializing’ and drinking alone with Hartin on a secluded hotel pier one block from the swank Alaia Belize hotel, which she operated with Ashcroft.

A security guard heard a ‘loud bang’ at 12.45am and police arrived to find Hartin ‘covered in red substance as that of blood’ and Jemmott floating dead on his back 30ft from the shore.

An expended shell casing was still lodged inside the gun which was found on the Mata Rocks hotel pier along with a magazine, live bullets and a pool of blood.

After spending the weekend behind bars, Hartin gave a statement saying the off-duty officer was showing her how to handle his firearm as the pair drank and hung out.

In June, Hartin filmed on her cell phone as she confronted Andrew at the Alaia hotel

In June, Hartin filmed on her cell phone as she confronted Andrew at the Alaia hotel

'Why won't you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won't you let me see the children?' she says as she chased him in the hotel kitchen

'Why won't you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won't you let me see the children?' she says as she chased him in the hotel kitchen

In June, Hartin filmed on her cell phone as she confronted Andrew at the Alaia hotel. ‘Why won’t you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won’t you let me see the children?’ she says as she chased him in the hotel kitchen

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, she later gave her first public account of the shooting saying the gun went off unexpectedly in her hands as she tried to re-insert a clip and hand it back.

‘Henry was my friend. It was an accident, I didn’t flee the scene. The first thing I did was call the police myself,’ she said.

Hartin also revealed that the reason she was practicing with the gun was because an unnamed man had tried to rape her at a party six days earlier.

She was charged with manslaughter by negligence after prosecutors opted against murder or full-fledged manslaughter on the strength of her witness statement insisting it was an accident.

The offence carries a maximum prison sentence of nine months or a fine of around 10,000 Belizean dollars ($5,000 in US money).  

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