A British billionaire’s daughter-in-law is anticipated to be charged Monday in the death of a Belize police official, in accordance to a report.
Jasmine Hartin, 38, a US nationwide who’s married to the son of politically linked businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, is being held in the Friday morning shooting death of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
Jemmott’s sister, Marie Jemmott Tzul, 55, advised the Daily Mail on Sunday night time that Hartin will be charged in his death.
“I got a call. I was informed that she will be charged tomorrow, but they did not say what she was going to be charged with,” Tzul advised the information outlet.
Hartin and Jemmott have been consuming and socializing on a pier earlier than his physique was discovered floating in the water with a bullet wound to the top and his service weapon close by, police stated.
The suspect had “blood on her arms and clothes” earlier than being arrested, in accordance to The Sun.
She initially refused to cooperate with investigators and requested for her lawyer, Belize Police Commissioner Chester Williams stated.
An unconfirmed native TV report steered that Hartin would be charged with manslaughter after she advised authorities the Glock handgun went off unintentionally as she handed it to Jemmott, 42, the Daily Mail reported.
She advised investigators she was giving Jemmott a therapeutic massage earlier than the freak accident, in accordance to the information outlet, which cited native information experiences.
A police officer who responded to the scene steered that Jemmott fell on Hartin after being shot — after which plunged into the water when she pushed him off, the Daily Mail reported.
“I haven’t seen the news because I’m so overwhelmed and devastated by my brother’s death,” Tzul, a retired social employee, advised the outlet.
“I can’t can speculate over whether they will bail her or she will stay in prison, because I don’t know the charge yet,” she stated.
“What I would say to Jasmine is, ‘Give closure to the family. Tell us what happened. We want to know for the benefit of our family. He was my only brother,’” Tzul continued.
“He had five children and a partner for 14 years. Every time I look at my nieces and my nephews I break down and cry. Please tell us what happened,” she added.
Jemmott’s household has refuted options that he took his personal life — regardless of claims he was experiencing marital issues.
Another sister, Cherry Jemmott, an assistant police superintendent, advised the Daily Mail: “My brother would never ever kill himself. He had his plans. In September he was to be promoted to senior superintendent and he was to be transferred to another unit. My brother is a very top cop with a big dream.”
She added: “He had a gunshot behind his ear like an assassination. He is so skillful after 24 years [as an officer], he would never have left his guard down. He was a top cop. I don’t know how he let down his guard to be shot with his own gun.”
Meanwhile, Jemmott’s niece Renisha Martinez wrote on Facebook that she is aware of “for a fact” that he would by no means commit suicide.
“He was murdered and we need justice. That man loved his job so much that he wouldn’t even take days off!” Martinez wrote, in accordance to the Daily Mail.
“First and foremost my Uncle is a dedicated man when it comes to his job. He is a caring and supporting dad, uncle and friend. He loved being out and working hard. He believed that hard work came with alot of discipline.”
She added: “My uncle was a great man in my eyes and anybody else who knows him would feel how I feel.”
Hartin, who lives in Belize along with her husband Andrew Ashcroft, is the director of way of life and expertise on the Alaia Belize resort, the place she was staying earlier than Jemmott’s death.
Her father-in-law is Belize’s former ambassador to the United Nations and his lawyer, the nation’s former legal professional common, reportedly visited Hartin in jail Saturday.