HUNTER: Belize cop rescued Canadian socialite week before tragedy


Jasmine Hartin faces negligent homicide charges in shooting death of police superintendent

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Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin was staggering on the street outside of a party she had abruptly left.

Sources told media in that country that she was “highly intoxicated” and sobbing.

It was May 21 and in the early morning hours.

The fun-loving mother-of-twins from Sydenham, north of Kingston, had found herself in an uncomfortable situation.

A man was getting aggressive with her.

San Pedro Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott was shot to death last Friday.
San Pedro Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott was shot to death last Friday. Photo by SAN PEDRO POLICE /FACEBOOK

She turned to her friend, San Pedro Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott, who drove 80 km. to rescue her.

Just before 6 a.m. that morning he dropped her off at the ferry. He had encouraged her to get a gun.

Eyewitnesses told local media she was sobbing on the dock.

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One week later, her white knight was dead and Hartin, 32, was behind bars.

Cops say that on May 28, Hartin and Jemmott were boozing on a dock when his service Glock went off, striking him behind the ear and killing him instantly.

Hartin has been charged with negligent homicide.


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Originally from Eastern Ontario, socialite Jasmine Hartin is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a police superintendent.
Originally from Eastern Ontario, socialite Jasmine Hartin is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a police superintendent. Photo by JASMINE HARTIN /LINKEDIN

The story would have a lot less traction if her partner, Andrew Ashcroft, wasn’t the son of billionaire and top British Tory Lord Michael Ashcroft who wields immense influence in Belize.

Detectives also found a small amount of cocaine on the stunning blond.

Piecing together the events leading up to Jemmott’s death and what was going on in Hartin’s life at the time is like taking a walk in the fog.

Hartin was not your average socialite. She preferred hanging out in San Pedro Island’s working-class bars and boozing with cops.

And she always picked up the tab.

Her common-law husband’s uber-wealthy family have been nowhere in sight.

They didn’t visit her in the slammer before she was given bail Wednesday and have not made any comments.


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In fact, it appears as though she and her husband were leading separate lives even though they shared twin daughters.

The Ashcrofts seem to be trying to put distance between themselves and the Canadian girl who strode into their lives in 2016 when she went to work for a relative’s real estate firm in the Central American nation.

In Belize, there has been an outcry that one of the wealthiest women in the country should have been charged with murder rather than negligent homicide. Jemmott’s family has been particularly vocal.

Hovering in the background of Hartin’s dire predicament are issues of race, class and cash. The country’s former attorney general thinks she may be getting a free ride.

“It would be dishonest of me not to at least say what I think in this case,” Micheal Peyrefitte told 7 News.

“From my experience, most people from who I have known to be in the system … you injure somebody like that the charge is murder. So, it’s a legitimate question to ask why is it in this case, the charge is not murder.”

Peyrefitte added: “If he had shot her, if it had been the reverse, he would have been charged for triple murder. I mean, I mean, that’s the thing, it’s a legitimate question.”

Belize is known for its corruption.

The question now is: Will that work in Jasmine Hartin’s favour? Or will it utterly destroy her life?

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