Canadian socialite and billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law Jasmine Hartin has tried to clear her name in a TV interview as she could face murder charges for killing a police commissioner in Belize.
“People see me as… this wild, crazy party girl hanging from the rafters,” she told CBS. “It’s not that at all. I am a business woman. I am a mother. I am a friend … I am a woman.
Ms Hartin, on whom CBS spent three days reporting in Belize, told the network she was “not a murderer,” calling the idea “ridiculous.” The interview will air on October 2.
The 32-year-old said she shot her friend and police officer Henry Jemmott in a tragic accident while trying to teach her how to use a Glock 17. They had been drinking and went to a jetty. She thought she needed a weapon to protect herself.
“’Can you hand me the magazine for the gun?” She told CBS as Mr. Jemmott asked her. “I’m trying to get the magazine out. Next thing I know, the gun went off.
“All I could feel [was] heat, she said. “And I realized later that he was bleeding on me.”
Police found her on the pier covered in blood. But Mr Jemmott’s family don’t believe Ms Hartin’s account of what happened.
“My brother was shot behind the ear… in the style of an execution,” his sister Cherry told CBS. The family is pushing for murder charges, Ms Hartin has been charged with negligent manslaughter.
Some locals believe Ms Hartin received favorable treatment due to the wealth of her stepfather – an Anglo-Belizean businessman, pollster and politician who once served in the House of Lords and as a Vice President of the Conservative Party with an estimated net worth of $ 2.2 billion.
Ms Hartin has two sons with Andrew, the son of Lord Ashcroft, developer and owner of the resort where Ms Hartin was staying. The story has been in the headlines since last spring and Ms Hartin was arrested in May and sent to Belize Central Prison, known for its brutality.
“When I got there I said, it’s not good, my lawyer doesn’t know I’m here, I have to make a call,” she said in June. “They said, ‘Sorry honey, the phones are already locked for the day – now take off your clothes, we’ll strip search you.’”
She was released on bail despite pressure from prosecutors to stay in prison, but release was contingent on good behavior, and she was briefly returned to prison after confronting Lord Ashcroft over him, making sure that she couldn’t see her. kids.
Lord Ashcroft rebuffed the claims, saying she “had abandoned the residence I had arranged for her without informing myself, the police or the security guards and had disappeared to an unknown location”.
Prosecutors also charged Ms Hartin with common assault and possession of drugs, The daily beast reported.
A GoFundMe was launched in his defense, which raised less than $ 2,500.
It has been reported that Andrew Ashcroft has been given interim custody of their children.