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Police investigating leaks of Jasmine Hartin case cited in Mail on Sunday article

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Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021. 6:59 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: On Saturday, the Mail on Sunday published an article with very specific details relating to the caution statement given to police by Jasmine Hartin, the woman charged with the shooting death of Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott. Following the publication of the article, the Belize Police Department has launched an investigation as to how the paper might have obtained the information.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett said that it is a very real concern for the department that one of its officers might have sold the information to the Mail on Sunday but stressed that there are several other considerations that need to be made.

“We must also take into consideration that not only the police officers had access to what was in that caution statement. Ms. Hartin herself had access to family members and she spoke to people,” Myvett said.

He noted that caution statements are also given in the presence of a Justice of the Peace, which is another consideration that needs to be made. Nonetheless, the department is also investigating its officers to see if they had any involvement in the leaking of the information.

The Mail on Sunday’s article quotes Hartin as saying that Jemmott told her to practice loading his gun and that the weapon went off suddenly, firing the shot that killed him. She went on to say that his body fell on her, and she was struggling to get from under him to see if he was alright.

Hartin is remanded to the Belize Central Prison on a count of manslaughter by negligence, with her Supreme Court bail hearing set for Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jemmott’s funeral will be held on Saturday, June 12 in Dangriga. He will be having an official police funeral.

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