Posted: Sunday, June 4, 2023. 2:15 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: While they have not spoken to local media, the family of the late Senior Superintendent of Police Henry Jemmott have vowed to continue their claim for wrongful death compensation against Jasmine Hartin, who has paid her fine on criminal charges only days after the sentence was handed down last Wednesday, the UK Daily Mail reports.
Through attorney Leslie Mendez, the family said, “’Her actions have left wounds that will take decades to heal. Being held accountable is not an injustice or the result of corruption. Perhaps it has surprised her to learn that Belize is a real place with real laws, courts, and lawyers – not just her fantasy getaway. There are real people here with lives, stories, and people they love.”
As confirmed by Hartin’s criminal defense attorney Orson Elrington following sentencing by High Court Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft on Wednesday, certain compensation payments were paid, amounting to just over BZD$4,500, but attorney Mendez claims they were only to pause civil action until the end of the criminal proceedings: “This was a temporary arrangement. Jasmine has repeatedly misrepresented these payments and breached confidentiality. The family’s civil claim remains live. Jasmine has not admitted liability there. We plan to pursue a true compensatory order. We have our concerns about her leaving the country but we will press and make every effort to get some justice for the Jemmotts.”
The claim is on behalf of Jemmott’s widow Romit Wilson and their six children.
According to the Daily Mail, Hartin, 33, is fighting to get her passport back so she can see her six-year-old twins for the first time in a year, contrary to claims made following Wednesday’s ruling by Elrington, though he noted that she has no restrictions on her travel now the case is complete. The payment of the fine was due by next May 31, in default 12 months’ imprisonment. She was also ordered to do 300 hours of community service and produce a public service announcement about her experience and lessons learned and is barred from obtaining a firearm license in Belize for two years.
Hartin’s spokeswoman suggested Hartin, who shares the twins with Lord Michael Ashcroft’s son Andrew, was a conspiracy victim and demanded ‘justice for Jasmine’. The Mail says Hartin spent most of Thursday pleading in vain for officials at Belize City’s High Court to give back her passport.
The passport was confiscated in 2021 after she shot Supt Jemmott in the head with his gun while they were drinking on a moonlit pier in the town of San Pedro. She later claimed he had been showing her how to use it.
She hasn’t seen her twins by Ashcroft since he was given full custody and moved with them to the Turks and Caicos Islands last June.
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