Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin may be transferred to Belize Central Prison (BCP) on Tuesday after she was charged with negligent homicide over the death of Belizean police officer Henry Jemmott, DailyMail.com has learned.
The 32-year-old hotelier, who insists the fatal shooting was an accident, was denied bail Monday night by a San Pedro court, her attorney Godfrey Smith said.
Hartin is now expected to be transferred to the correctional facility, the only prison in the Central American country, located in the mainland village of Hattieville.
Called ‘the Hattieville Ramada’ by locals, the prison houses both men and women, as well as young people, and has been featured in the Netflix documentary series Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons.
Hartin has spent the past four days locked in a small concrete cell in the stifling hot police and magistrate complex in San Pedro, the tropical resort’s only town.
She was seen behind bars Monday night by local media in Belize.
Jasmine Hartin drank with Chief Inspector Henry Jemmott (right) before he died. She has maintained that she accidentally shot the Belize police officer while handing him his service weapon
DailyMail.com has learned that Hartin, who is charged with negligent homicide, may soon be transferred to Belize Central Prison, in Hattieville, the only correctional facility in the country.
The prison houses both men and women, as well as young people, and has been featured in the Netflix documentary series Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons. Pictured: Prisoners at the BCP
Hartin, who is married to the son of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft, was taken into custody last Friday after Jemmott was fatally shot behind the ear with his own revolver.
It comes just as DailyMail.com revealed that Hartin, who was pictured in jail Monday night, was able to escape on just a fine.
Local news reports indicate that Hartin initially told police that Jemmott had been shot by someone passing them in a boat.
She slammed while in police custody and called for a lawyer, sources say.
Hartin began cooperating with police after she was told she was dealing with cocaine, according to 7 News Belize.
Jemmott, who had arrived in San Pedro last week and was staying in a downtown hotel, had been fishing and visiting bars with a friend.
In her statement to police, Hartin claims she invited the veteran officer to her apartment where the couple drank and discussed her personal safety.
She told police they later walked a short distance to the wooden pier at the Mata Rocks hotel, which was closed due to the pandemic.
The blonde socialite has 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
Belize Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott, who had arrived in San Pedro last week and stayed at a downtown hotel, had been fishing and visiting bars with a friend before he was murdered
Hartin told police that Jemmott said he was suffering from shoulder pain, so she offered him a massage while he laid his service weapon on the dock.
It was when she picked it up to give it back to him that that loaded gun accidentally fired, according to the statement.
Hartin was found at the scene by a security guard “hysterical” and covered in blood, but she clung on and called a lawyer once she was taken into custody, sources said.
The blonde socialite has 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.
Hartin was arraigned behind a cloak of secrecy in San Pedro on Monday, despite authorities insisting that the glamorous mother of two would not receive preferential treatment.
Police abruptly evicted journalists and the public from the building before being taken from the small, concrete cell, one floor up, from the small, concrete cell.
Officers cited COVID social distancing rules banning gatherings of more than ten people, although more than double that number was in a waiting room earlier in the day.
Henry Jemmott’s sister, Assistant Superintendent Cherry Jemmott, 48, is at a Christmas party together in 2019. She told DailyMail.com that her brother would never have committed suicide.
Hartin will spend another night in a filthy prison cell in Belize after her attorney, Godfrey Smith, came out of the courthouse late Monday and said his client had been denied bail.
“The charge is manslaughter by negligence. Bail has been denied. We will appeal to the Supreme Court as usual,” he said.
Police Commissioner Chester Williams said Sunday morning that Hartin had made a conditional statement and a file had been handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal.
The penalty for manslaughter can be “life” in prison – up to 25 years – in the Belize criminal system. However, Hartin faces a maximum of five years, sources told DailyMail.com.
Sources with knowledge of the island’s secret legal system said the penalty could also be a fine of about $20,000 Belize dollars or $10,000 in US money.