The prominent Belizean cop shot in the head by socialite Jasmine Hartin told a friend he went on a date the night he was killed, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Police Commissioner Henry Jemmott joked that he would take his secret “into the grave” when the curious friend asked for details of the mystery woman.
Hours later, he was found floating in shallow water next to a wooden jetty in the chic coastal enclave of Ambergris Caye with a single gunshot wound behind his ear.
Jemmott, 42, had also bragged that he was staying for free at a luxury resort run by Hartin’s husband Andrew Ashcroft, the son of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft.
His destination, the Grand Colony Villas, is sandwiched between the gleaming new Alaia hotel, another recently opened Ashcroft property, and the Mata Rocks hotel pier, where the veteran officer died.
Police Inspector Henry Jemmott told a friend he went on a date the night he was murdered by Jasmin Hartin, DailyMail.com can reveal
The blonde socialite spent the past four days in a small concrete cell in the stifling hot police and magistrate complex in San Pedro, the tropical resort’s only town. She was photographed behind bars by local media on Monday night
Hartin, 32, is charged with negligent homicide after telling police she accidentally opened fire when she passed Jemmott’s Glock service revolver.
Sources say he laid it on the floor while the couple were drinking and socializing into the wee hours of last Friday, in violation of Belize’s midnight Covid curfew.
Hartin, 32, is charged with negligent homicide after telling police she accidentally opened fire when passing Jemmott’s Glock service revolver
The frail mother of two is held in the notoriously tough Hattieville Prison in mainland Belize, while her lawyers try to overturn a magistrate’s decision to refuse her bail.
The friend, who declined to be named, said Jemmott contacted him last week to say he was on his way to San Pedro, the main settlement and tourist center in Ambergris Caye, where he had previously served as a tourist for three years. senior officer had served.
“I asked him where he was staying and he said Grand Colony. What did I say? Do you have money then?’ the friend told DailyMail.com.
“He said, I’ve got stripes with the Ashcrofts, they’re my friends. I said you’re with the rich people now and he laughed.’
The friend said he was aware of at least one previous time that Jemmott — who has a long-term partner and five children — had stayed at Grand Colony Villas for free.
Hours before he was found dead, Jemmott was in a good mood and looking forward to meeting a mysterious woman, the friend added.
“He was the happiest cop you’ll ever see, but he always is. I said where are you going tonight and he said I have a date.
“He called the girl. When I heard the voice, I asked who she was. He joked, that’s my secret, I’ll take this to my grave and he took it.
“I’m having a hard time processing what happened.”
The friend said he didn’t know the Ashcrofts personally, but had heard previous stories of Jasmine partying outside curfews.
Hartin will remain behind bars for another week after a Supreme Court judge postpones her bail request until next week.
Judge Herbert Lord said he wanted a submission from the prosecution by Friday and a response from Hartin’s team Monday, pending a hearing next Wednesday, June 9.
Hartin’s attorney Godfrey Smith said outside the courthouse in downtown Belize City, “The case has been adjourned. The Public Prosecution Service has issued a short statement, just one sentence in which we say that we object on the grounds of flight risk, nothing else.’
Jemmott joked with the friend that he would take his secret “into the grave” when he asked for details of the mysterious women. Jemmott is pictured with his sister
Late Thursday night, Hartin left her luxury hotel, Alaia (pictured) and walked a short distance along a beach to a small wooden jetty to meet Jemmott. Jemmott, 42, had also bragged that he was staying for free at a luxury resort managed by Hartin’s husband Andrew Ashcroft
It is unknown if the couple currently lives in the Alaia or the Grand Colony Villas, or if Andrew, 43, and their two young children are still on Ambergris Caye.
Both properties offer spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, an assortment of pools and luxurious rooms that cost hundreds of dollars a night.
Police sources believe Hartin will eventually escape with only a fine for killing Jemmott after authorities opted for a murder or full-blown manslaughter charge.
They predict she could plead guilty within weeks and pay about 20,000 Belize dollars (about $10,000 in American money) to secure her freedom.
The Canadian national was also caught with a small amount of cocaine in her purse, but has not been charged.
‘It’s not right. It’s not right. The family will feel very bad. This is not justice,” Jemmott’s sister Cherry, 48, an assistant superintendent in the Belize Police Department, told DailyMail.com earlier this week.
“My brother is having a state funeral on June 12. He gave 24 years to the police. And this is the value they place on his life?’
Lord Ashcroft, 75, is a former deputy chairman and a major funder of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party.
He also holds Belizean citizenship, has invested heavily in the country and has represented it at the United Nations.