HUNTER: Canadian socialite bails out in Belize, but for how long?

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Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin has been granted bail — for now.

But the blond beauty’s trials and tribulations may be only just beginning.

The 32-year-old mother of 4-year-old twins from Sydenham, north of Kingston, is accused in the shooting death of one of Belize’s top police officers.

Hartin claims it was an accident.

Cops aren’t so sure and have charged her with negligent manslaughter.

A potent gumbo of cash, class, coke, race and privilege are at play in a case that has sparked heated debate in Belize.

Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott. Photo by HANDOUT /SAN PEDRO POLICE

Just how did a small-town Canadian girl end up in scorpion and gang-infested Hattieville Prison?

Hartin hooked up with a man named Andrew Ashcroft in San Pedro about five years ago.

She was selling real estate on the luxe island just off the Central American country’s Caribbean coast.

Ashcroft is the son of British-Belizean billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft who wields significant power and influence in the small country where corruption is endemic.


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On Friday, May 28, Hartin — known to prefer the company of cops and other regular folks — was boozing with pal Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott, 42, and a father of five on a San Pedro pier.

Originally from Eastern Ontario, socialite Jasmine Hartin is now in jail charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a police superintendent.
Originally from Eastern Ontario, socialite Jasmine Hartin is now in jail charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a police superintendent. Photo by JASMINE HARTIN /LINKEDIN

Last call was a bullet behind the ear for Jemmott from his service Glock. He was found floating in the water as blood-soaked Hartin sobbed on the dock.

She claimed the two were examining the handgun when it went off. Underscoring her troubles, detectives allegedly found a small amount of cocaine on the former real estate agent.

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In an extract from her sworn statement read out in Belize’s top court, she said: “After a while he said let’s head back inside and asked me to hand back the magazine. I struggled with it, trying to get the magazine back in, and it discharged.”


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Jemmott’s family says it’s murder.

As for the Ashcrofts, they are no doubt footing Hartin’s legal bill, but the Daily Mail reports she was not visited by her husband or anyone from his family while she was in jail.

Indeed, family flacks have been at pains to insist Andrew and Hartin are NOT married and merely common-law.

Expediency will rule the day in these proceedings.

She was sprung Wednesday on about $15,000 USD bail. A drop in the bucket when your portfolio has lots of zeroes.

A Belizean judge decided in the end that Hartin was, in fact, not a flight risk.

Belize is a popular destination for both snowbirds and crooks alike. The death of Jemmott has exposed the fault lines between impoverished locals and white, wealthy expats that has been bubbling beneath the surface for years.


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What actually happened on that dock under the tropical stars remains a mystery.

Jemmott allegedly told a pal that he “had a date” but would take the name of his paramour “to the grave.”

Was their something more happening between the hefty cop and the petite socialite?

Hartin can forget about getting any support from Canada and its bland bureaucrats.

On countless occasions when Canadians have been maimed, murdered or gone missing abroad, horrified families have discovered that expecting help from the government is an exercise in futility.

Americans send in the FBI.

Us? We do nothing and try not to offend anyone — even if a citizen’s life is at stake.


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