The daughter-in-law of a British billionaire who is being held in connection with the death of a police officer in Belize must give the authorities an “explanation” – or she must be “treated as a murderer,” investigators said in a report. </ Jasmine Hartin, who is married to the son of politically connected businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, is questioned Friday morning when she shoots the death of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
The two drank and socialized a pier before Jemmott’s body was found floating in the water with a gunshot wound to the head and his service weapon nearby, the police said.
The 38-year-old Hartin initially refused to cooperate with investigators and asked for her lawyer said Belize Police Commissioner Chester Williams.
Hartin was “deeply desperate and trembling” and covered in blood when first responders arrived, according to The Daily Mail She needs to have her lawyer present so she can say what she has to say and it is her constitutional right, but that raises a red flag according to the newspaper, “Williams said.
” The situation is so that an explanation is required from her. Without an explanation, she would have to be treated as a murderer and we will act accordingly. “
Hartin and Jemmott, 42, were old friends chatting after hours in violation of the country’s COVID-19 curfew,” Williams said, according to the report.
“The first person to speak after Incident arrived at the scene said she was in an emotional state. “
Jemmott’s family said they believed he was killed. It’s unclear whether medical examiners have ruled out accidental death or suicide.
“I spoke to him that night. He was in his room when he got a call. He wouldn’t have gone out if it hadn’t been for a friend of someone he knew well, “said Marie Jemmott Tzul, the superintendent’s sister.
” I think he was killed. The investigation can tell me otherwise, but I believe he was killed. “
A source offered a possible explanation for Hartin being soaked in blood after the shooting, the article says.
” After the gun went off, Jemmott fell on it, and so it pushed him off and so it ended up in the shallow water on the pier, “suggested the source.
Hartin, a US citizen, lives in Belize with her husband Andrew Ashcroft. She is the Director of Lifestyle and Experience at Alaia Belize Resort, where she lived before Jemmott’s death.
Her father-in-law is Belize’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, and his attorney, the country’s former Attorney General, is due to appear at Hartin on Saturday Have visited the prison.
“It is so quiet here that it woke a lot of people,” a witness told the Mail. “Then all hell broke loose. There are so few facts. But it’s all anyone’s talked about since then. “
” I’ve heard a lot of theories, “said another woman at the point of sale.” That they were drinking and maybe she played around with his gun and it accidentally went off. Or maybe they were playing a game and she didn’t think That it was charged. “
According to reports, one resident described the prison cell of the San Pedro Police Station where Hartin lives as” hell on earth “.
” She is a woman who is used to luxury. Whenever you see her, she is always perfectly dressed, her children are always perfect, “said the resident of the point of sale.
” She is a nice woman, very polite and beautiful. I can’t imagine her there. I was in this prison. The cell floors are made up of dirt and the whole place smells like urine. “
Many islanders who spoke to the newspaper had good feelings for the Ashcroft family. Lord Ashcroft grew up in Belize, took dual citizenship and built the country’s finance, communications and tourism industries.
“The Ashcrofts are an integral part of Belize,” said one resident. “Many people are grateful to Lord Ashcroft for all the millions he has invested in this country.”
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