This was Jasmine Hartin in 2013 in her native Canada, a world away from the grim Belize prison where she is now charged with manslaughter.
Now the partner of billionaire Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, Miss Hartin was 24 when she was photographed with girlfriend Alexandra Olson at a charity wine auction in Calgary Alberta for the city’s local newspaper, though she grew up in eastern Ontario and married. was before going to Belize, MailOnline can reveal.
Other photos from the Facebook account she used under her married name Castiglione include a beaming photo of her on vacation in Paris and another presumably arriving in Belize in 2014, captioned: “This was taken in the paradise’.
Jasmine was arrested following the death of a police chief a week ago.
This was Jasmine Hartin (right) in 2013 in her native Canada, a world away from the grim Belize prison where she’s now charged with manslaughter
Former real estate agent Jasmine, now 32, grew up in Kingston, Eastern Ontario, in a large working-class family of eight siblings and half-siblings.
Her late brother Todd Hartin, who died three years ago at just 50 years old, ran a septic tank emptying business, and her cousin Cameron has now taken over.
It is believed that Jasmine attended Sydenham High School near Kingston, a public school with approximately 850 pupils.
Her humble upbringing was a world away from the millionaire’s playground in San Pedro, Belize, where she raised two children with successful hotel developer Andrew Ashcroft until last week’s tragic events.
The mother of two, currently held in Belize’s infamous Central Prison, nicknamed the ‘Hattieville Ramada’, faces negligent homicide for killing Police Commissioner Henry Jemmott with his own gun.
Photos from Hartin’s former Facebook account show her vacation in Paris and relaxing in the tropical Belizean sun.
Socialite Jasmine Hartin, 32, charged with manslaughter for fatal shooting of Belize cop ‘during a massage after drinking’
Another photo, taken when she was 24 years old, appeared in a Canadian newspaper in Calgary, Alberta when she was a guest at a wine auction.
Hartin’s relatively humble origins could explain the dailymail.com revelation that she preferred to eschew high society from partying with the working-class workers of Belize in a tropical speakeasy famous for its soundproofed banquet halls and marijuana-laced brandy. .
Jasmine was a regular at the Crazy House Bar n Kitchen in San Pedro, according to owner Gene Lopez.
Lopez told DailyMail.com how carefree Hartin would buy drinks round after round while entertaining his friends with Bob Marley’s karaoke performances and the great Shaggy song “It Wasn’t Me.”
The businessman says he never witnessed her drug use or excessive drinking, but had to turn her down several times because she climbed on the kitchen counter to do “ass-shaking” Caribbean dance moves.
In an extraordinary twist, Lopez, who also runs a security firm, was one of the first to encounter Hartin after she “accidentally” shot and killed father of five Jemmott in the Belizean coastal town of Ambergris Caye.
Lopez ran to Mata Rocks pier last Friday morning after a security guard raised the alarm and was stunned to see his wealthy regular spattered in blood and arrested.
“Jasmine was supposed to come to Crazy House to relax. She was a regular customer for two years. I’ve never had a problem with her,” he told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
The mother of two, currently held in Belize’s infamous Central Prison, nicknamed the ‘Hattieville Ramada’, faces negligent homicide for killing Police Commissioner Henry Jemmott with his own gun. Pictured: A selection of images of Hartin being transferred to prison on June 1, 2021
“She would exhale as soon as she walked through the door, because here she could be herself. She had a luxurious life, but she enjoyed being with the locals, she felt more alive.
“She explained that if you’re rich, you have to be high and powerful, respectful, you can’t be yourself. And she enjoyed life, she enjoyed the freedom.’
As the common-law wife of Lord Ashcroft’s youngest son Andrew, Hartin rubbed shoulders with jetsetting expats and was dubbed the ‘Queen of the Alaia’, a reference to the gleaming new beach resort the family recently opened.
But it was at Crazy House, less than a mile down a dirt road that leads to the heart of the island’s working-class San Pablo neighborhood, that the Canadian national could really relax and have fun, explained Lopez, 48.
Belize Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott, who was shot dead in a May 28 incident in Belize
Miss Hartin is the partner – both professionally and privately – of Andrew Ashcroft, the peer’s youngest son, with whom she shares two young children.
And for many ordinary Belizeans, including the family of the dead officer Henry Jemmott, the case raises difficult questions about the perception of the country’s justice system.
No one has invested more in the former British colony than Lord Ashcroft, who says he has never forgotten his happy times there in his youth.
He has joint British and Belizean nationality and was once ambassador to the United Nations.
It didn’t help that the media were kicked out of the courtroom during hearings and the windows were shuttered.
According to police, Miss Hartin has maintained that Chief Inspector Jemmott’s death was a horrific accident.
She and Andrew Ashcroft had previously attended a party on merry San Pedro – celebrated in the Madonna song La Isla Bonita – and had a drink with Mr Jemmott on a pier near Andrew Ashcroft’s luxury resort in Alaia.
It’s no secret that while the country’s violent crime rate is low and largely confined to warring drug gangs, Belize’s police encourages honest citizens to buy guns for personal protection.
Sources say that Mr. Jemmott, a friend of the couple who was off-duty but carried his gun, suggested Ms Hartin buy one for herself and that they examined his Glock pistol.
Lord Ashcroft has business interests in Belize. Pictured: Lord Ashcroft and Lord Steinberg in the Robing Room of the House of Lords
The firearm, which some consider light on security features, accidentally went off while she was returning it to him and shot him in the back of the head.
A local expatriate, Eric Trachman, showed me how it could be done, he produced his own gun and explained how a tipsy Mr Jemmott, 42, could have cleared the chamber of his gun before handing it over to Miss Hartin, but he forgot to take out the magazine, meaning a new bullet was automatically fed into the chamber.
Prosecutors have now charged Miss Hartin with manslaughter for negligence.
This charge could carry a prison sentence of five years, but if a guilty plea is presented it could simply result in a fine of less than $20,000 (£7,000), part of which goes to the next of kin and part to court.
Manslaughter by negligence is the least serious charge she could have faced for the officer’s death and is most often given to dangerous drivers in Belize.
The idea that a wealthy white expatriate could escape murdering a high-ranking black cop with what would – to her – be a pretty painless fine has caused some controversy in a country where racial contradictions lurk beneath the outward veneer. of sunny Caribbean affability.