Who is Jasmine Hartin and what happened in Belize?

THE daughter-in-law of a British billionaire has been charged with the manslaughter of a policeman in Belize.

But who is she and what happened? Here is everything you need to know…

Who is Jasmine Hartin?

Jasmine Hartin is the daughter-in-law of British billionaire Lord Ashcroft.

The 38-year-old socialite was charged with manslaughter over the shooting of a cop in Belize.

Hartin is facing manslaughter by negligence charges after the body of cop Henry Jemmott was found floating in the sea on May 28.

Who is Jasmine Hartin's husband Andrew Ashcroft?

Andrew is the youngest of Lord Ashcroft's three children.

Hartin and Andrew head a luxury hotel in Belize where Andrew is a citizen.

Lord Ashcroft, who lives in Belize but remains active in British politics, has not yet commented on the incident, the BBC reported.

What's happened in Belize?

On May 28, Supt Henry Jemmott's body was found floating in the sea near San Pedro.

Mum-of-two Hartin was allegedly giving Jemmott a shoulder massage when he had asked her to hand him his pistol, local media reported.

She then alleged that the Glock accidentally went off and shot him in the back of the head, sources said.

She was charged with manslaughter and the punishment can be "life" in jail – up to 25 years.

But, Hartin is facing a maximum of five years, DailyMail.com reports.

It's reported that the punishment could be just a fine of around $10,000.

Hartin has since spent days locked in a jail cell and was pictured behind bars on May 31.

Hartin's attorney, Godfrey Smith, told reporters after she was charged that her bail had been denied.

He said: "The charge is manslaughter by negligence. Bail has been denied. We appeal to the Supreme Court as is normal."

Ms Jemmott Tzul said her brother had known Hartin but revealed there was no romantic relationship between the two amid reports that they were drinking alone on the pier before the shooting.

Jemmott suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and Hartin was reportedly "hysterical" when she was found at the scene of the shooting.

Police in Belize said that a single gunshot was heard – and officers then found the woman on the pier with "blood on her arms and her clothing.

Hartin and Jemmott were supposedly friends, police said.

Hartin left a hotel she operates with her husband, Alaia, late Thursday night and met up with Jemmott on the jetty, according to cops.

The pair were also apparently breaking the island's 10pm to 5am Covid curfew.

Family members said that Jemmott was a father of five and that he was heading for a promotion to senior superintendent with Belize Police.

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