Lord Ashcroft’s former daughter-in-law describes the moment she accidentally shot dead Belize cop
Billionaire Lord Ashcroft’s former daughter-in-law has described trying to “get out from under him” after the police chief she shot dead in the tropical paradise of Belize collapsed on top of her.
Jasmine Hartin, 33, said there was a ‘loud bang’ and then ‘Henry fell back on me…I could see blood and feel the blood’.
The Canadian-born socialite shot Chief Inspector Henry Jemmott to death when his gun accidentally went off while she was wielding it while they were having a drink together on a pier last May.
Hartin, who is charged with negligent homicide, said: “I tried to get out from under him.
“And then he started slipping into the water and I tried to catch him and of course he was a lot bigger than me so I couldn’t hold him up.”
In a sensational TalkTV interview with Piers Morgan, which will air later today, Hartin said Jemmott’s death was “still very hard to talk about” because it was a “terrible night that changed everyone’s lives and left a put an end to’.
Jasmine Hartin, 33, (pictured) has described trying to “get out from under him” after the police chief she shot dead in the tropical paradise of Belize collapsed on top of her.
Hartin has admitted to shooting Chief Inspector Henry Jemmott (pictured) when his gun accidentally went off while she was wielding it while they were having a drink together on a pier in May last year.
Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, 44, (left) and his former partner Jasmine Hartin (right) charged with manslaughter in Belize
Ashcroft and Hartin co-owned the luxurious Alaia Belize Hotel on the vacation island of Ambergris Caye off Belize’s Caribbean coast
Hartin also told Morgan she’s “definitely not a murderer,” she claimed “doesn’t remember pulling the trigger on the gun” and suggested the gun could have gone off because it was “rusty.”
She said, “I don’t remember ever touching the trigger on the gun, but I was holding it when it went off.
“I’m not sure if it was a defective weapon or not. I really can’t tell you how it ended.’
She said the Belize Police Chief had previously shown her his Glock 17 pistol while advising her to buy a pistol to defend herself because he “believed she needed protection.”
She claimed he wanted her to “practice unloading and reloading” the weapon and told her to “learn how to handle it.”
Hartin said, “I thought it was empty. The only time I grabbed the gun was at the very end when Henry asked me to pass it to him.”
The mother of two claimed Supt Jemmott invited her and partner Andrew, 44, the son of the former Conservative Party deputy leader, for drinks.
But she only went to meet him after Andrew opted for an early night at their San Pedro apartment on the vacation island of Ambergris Caye near Belize.
The mother of two (pictured) claimed that Supt Jemmott invited her and partner Andrew, 44, the son of the former deputy leader of the Conservative Party, for drinks
She said the Belize police chief had previously shown her his Glock 17 pistol while advising her to buy a gun to defend herself because he “believed she needed protection.”
She said, “Andrew was supposed to come with us and join us for a cocktail that evening. At the last minute he decided to stay inside and not join us. So we weren’t meant to be alone.’
Before the incident, Hartin said, Supt Jemmott asked her to rub his shoulder because it hurt after a day of fishing.
She emphatically denied rumors that she was having an affair with Supt Jemmott, insisting that their relationship was one of friendship.
Hartin claims he was “a foot or two further to her left” before the gun went off.
Hartin (left) insisted that she and Supt Jemmott were only friends rather than lovers, although her relationship with Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew (right) was falling apart at the time.
Hartin pictured under a blanket leaving Hattieville Prison in Belize last June
She also attacked other wild rumors circulating around Belize, adding, “I’m seen as this wild cocaine-addicted party girl. It’s just not true.’
During the interview, Piers also touched on an old video shot of Hartin shooting a watermelon on a beach.
She added: “I’ve never had a gun in my life. I’ve never owned a firearm. I’ve fired them a few times, you know, but I’m no expert.
“And what that video doesn’t show you are the ten times I tried to hit that watermelon and missed it, and that video was made by my ex.”
Hartin can be seen in an old video with a pumping shotgun pretending to blow smoke from the barrel
Former dental assistant Hartin was raised by a single mother in rural Canada before arriving in Belize in 2014 after a long-term relationship ended, landing on the bustling vacation island of Ambergris Caye.
She became a real estate agent in the island’s main town, San Pedro, where she met businessman Andrew Ashcroft – whose father owned the Belize Bank.
Hartin previously said she was ready to return to Canada, but fell for Andrew’s sense of humor and vowed to make Belize her home.
The couple became parents to twins in 2017 but never married, although they referred to each other as husband and wife publicly.
She is now estranged from Andrew and has a bitter battle with him over custody of their twins. He accused her of being an unfit mother.
Piers Morgan Uncensored: Death on the Dock, TalkTV at 8pm Monday (Sky 526, Virgin Media 627, Freeview 237, Freesat 217 and Sky Glass 508) and live and on demand on the TalkTV app and on Talk.TV