Posted: Friday, May 27, 2022. 12:09 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: According to the San Pedro Sun, the Family Court has ruled against Jasmine Hartin on the issue of legal custody of her twin five-year-old son and daughter with Andrew Ashcroft, granting him full legal custody with no right to visitation.
The ruling was handed down by Family Court Director Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Wednesday in Hartin’s absence. A source close to Hartin told the Sun that neither she nor her attorney was aware that a decision would be made but had already appealed to the Supreme Court citing alleged bias.
Following Jasmine’s arrest this time last year on charges of manslaughter by negligence for the death of Senior Superintendent of Police Henry Jemmott, Andrew took steps to distance himself from Jasmine, winning interim custody in July of 2021. Hartin and her attorney were unable to get Cayetano to recuse himself from the case on the ground of bias. (Hartin was questioned over last week, but denied, ordering the assassination of both Magistrate Cayetano and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams as charged by a former partner who is now charged himself with attempting to rape her).
Before May 28, 2021, Hartin was Andrew Ashcroft’s formal partner, and they managed the Alaia Beach Resort south of San Pedro Town.
Hartin insists the death of Senior Superintendent Jemmott was an accident and that she did not intentionally shoot the senior police officer. She also faces separate charges of assault of a hotel worker during an attempt to see her children on Ambergris Caye and possession of a minute amount of cocaine on the night of Jemmott’s death.
Hartin remains a free woman on bail on these charges and is to present herself at the Supreme Court on June 13, where the process leading to the trial for the shooting death of Jemmott will commence.
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