Posted: Monday, May 30, 2022. 1:31 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Over the weekend as family and friends of late Superintendent of Police Henry Jemmott remembered him in Dangriga, the woman who by her own admission killed him has given another television interview to Discovery+ in the United States.
But as the UK Daily Mail reports, Jasmine Hartin maintains that the entire episode was an accident and that she did not realize his service pistol was loaded when he gave it to her while they were together drinking on a pier.
Charged with manslaughter by negligence, Hartin said, “How could I be charged with manslaughter by negligence where I truly thought the weapon was empty?”
However, in the documentary, titled “One Bullet in Belize,” she does admit to regretting making up a story that a man in a passing boat had shot Jemmott, now saying that was a lie told out of panic and fear.
She also maintained that she and Jemmott were only friends and never crossed the line to romance even as her relationship with Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew was disintegrating at the time.
According to Hartin, she and Ashcroft were invited by Jemmott for a drink that night, but she went alone after Andrew went to bed. She recalls Jemmott taking the Glock 17 pistol with him and joking that there was enough security so he shouldn’t need it.
It proved to be a fatal decision, as Jemmott suggested she get better acquainted with handling a weapon and bullets in a magazine after a prior discussion following an alleged sexual assault.
She claims that after practicing emptying and filling the magazine he put the bullets on his left side and asked for a shoulder rub. Then he said he wanted to go back inside and asked for the magazine to refill. She said she struggled to get the magazine out of the pistol, but it jammed and she did not remember touching the trigger – until the gun went off.
The mortally wounded Jemmott fell on top of her and then as she tried to smuggle out from under him and hold him up he fell into the water. Police responded and told Jasmine he was dead – to that point, she thought he was still alive.
Despite Hartin’s disintegrating relationship which produced twin children and Jemmott coming out of a relationship himself, she maintains their rendezvous was not secret and not illicit.
Hartin also spoke of her life and upbringing, being a mother, and her relationships with Jemmott and Ashcroft and refuted rumours that have sprung up around the case.
Her first appearance in the Supreme Court is due on June 13, as Hartin also recently faced allegations of ordering a hit on Police Commissioner Chester Williams and Magistrate Director of the Family Court Dale Cayetano concerning her child custody case which she recently lost and is appealing.
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