Canadian socialite avoids jail, fined £30k for Belize police chief’s dying

Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin, 34, has reportedly avoided a prison sentence after being handed a £30,000 nice and 300 hours of neighborhood service for the manslaughter of Belizean police chief Henry Jemmott. The incident occurred on May 28, 2021, when Jemmott suffered a deadly gunshot wound to the head. Hartin is the former partner of Andrew Ashcroft, son of the outstanding UK businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft.
According to Channel 5 Belize, Hartin must pay US$75,000 inside 12 months to avoid a possible 12-month jail sentence. Index Belize News additionally reported that she is required to produce a video warning against the risks of alcohol consumption and improper dealing with of firearms. At the time of Jemmott’s demise, Hartin and Ashcroft had been living in Belize with their two children.
During the investigation and trial, it was revealed that Hartin and Jemmott, who have been associates, attended a party together on Ambergris Caye island the night Jemmott died. The pair later took a stroll on the seashore and ended up on a pier, the place Jemmott handed his gun to Hartin. She admitted to having been ingesting and struggling with the Glock 17 when Jemmott requested for it again, leading to an unintended discharge.
Police found Hartin close to the pier, lined in blood and distraught, whereas Jemmott’s body was discovered within the water off San Pedro, Belize. Hartin was charged with manslaughter by negligence and pleaded guilty in April 2023. Under Belize’s felony code, the utmost jail sentence for manslaughter by negligence is five years..

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