Jasmine Hartin, a Canadian socialite, has admitted to manslaughter through negligence in the case of the Belizean police superintendent who was shot by Hartin.
Andrew, the son of Conservative grandee Lord Ashcroft, entered a plea in the Supreme Court of Belize City for the death of Henry Jemmott, 42. Her trial was due to begin today.
Channel 5 Belize News reported that Hartin, outside the courtroom, said: “I want Henry’s parents to be at peace and I want all of this behind us so that we can heal.”
The channel reported that Hardin had asked the court to give a sentence indication. The judge said that it is possible that she would receive a non-custodial punishment, such as a fine or compensation for the family.
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Hartin’s body was found in the town San Pedro, May 2021, after a report of a shooting.
According to local media, Police Commissioner Chester C Williams stated that “a single shot was heard and upon investigation, police located the female on a dock, with what appeared as blood on her clothes and arms”.
The gun that belonged to and was assigned the father of five was recovered from the pier.
The police said that Hartin and Mr Jemmott are friends.
Hartin’s lawyer, Orson “OJ” Elrington told reporters that his client was concerned about not putting the victim’s family through the agony of a court proceeding. She expressed this concern repeatedly.
According to Channel 5 Belize, the sentence hearing will take place on May 31.
The article also stated that Mr Elrington said Hartin’s guilty plea would not affect the judge’s decision to give her a non custodial sentence.