The daughter-in-law of Tory grandee Lord Ashcroft has been charged with manslaughter by negligence after a Belize police superintendent was shot in the head and killed.
Jasmine Hartin is the partner of Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, she was found on a dock near where Henry Jemmott’s body was discovered in San Pedro on Friday.
She has been denied bail and will be remained in prison, according to her lawyer Godfrey Smith.
“The charge is manslaughter by negligence,” he said. “Bail has been denied. We appeal to the Supreme Court, as is normal.”
A statement is expected on Tuesday.
- Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law charged with manslaughter
- After police superintendent shot in the head and killed
- Single gunshot heard and Jasmine Hartin found near the body
- Incident ‘seems personal and not an attack’
- Appears both were drinking and alone on the pier
Police Commissioner Chester C Williams told local media a single gunshot was heard “and upon investigating, police found the female on a pier, and she had what appeared to be blood on her arms and on her clothing”.
“A firearm was also seen on the pier that has been retrieved and we have learned that the firearm belonged to the police and was assigned to Mr Jemmott,” he told a news conference Friday.
Her father-in-law Lord Ashcroft is a former deputy chairman of the Conservative party and a major financial backer.
Chester C Williams added that the incident “seems rather personal and not an attack”.
“From what we know is that they are friends. From what we have been made to understand they were drinking. From investigation, they were alone on the pier and yes they were both fully clothed.”
He said Hartin “was somewhat in an emotional state walking herself on the pier. We believe that she is to some extent affected by it”.
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