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Jasmine Hartin’s assault/drugs trial moved to Belize City; continues in March

Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2024. 8:32 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Canadian national Jasmine Hartin continues to face charges of possession of controlled drugs and common assault dating back to 2021.

Around the time she was arrested for the death of Senior Superintendent Henry Jemmott to which she pleaded guilty last year, she was also charged for possession of a small amount of cocaine and assaulting a woman.

Trial on these charges began last year on the island of Ambergris Caye, but has now been moved to Belize City which is where Hartin appeared today.

Hartin is now being represented by Arthur Saldivar, who asked for further time to get up to speed on the case. It has been adjourned for March 11, 2024.

The prosecution is now being led by Alifa Elrington, the head of Prosecution Branch in the Belize Police Department.

Saldivar moved to have the court to allow Hartin to appear virtually for the remainder of the prosecution’s case and then appear in person to present her defense, but Elrington raised the issue of possible flight risk even though her passport has been restored following her criminal conviction, for which she was fined a record $75,000 among other penalties.

Saldivar in response noted that Hartin is pursuing a child custody case in the Turks and Caicos Islands against former partner and father of their children Andrew Ashcroft but apart from that, she continues to live here and has no other reason to abscond, especially considering she was not likely to face jail time on her current charges.

The court set a security of $2,500 which Hartin met.

The matter of the assault has been partly heard with testimony from the complainant and police witnesses were present in both matters. However, Saldivar wishes to call back the complainant to the witness stand as he makes the case for his client.

In related news, it has been agreed that the 300 hours of community service that Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft had ordered as part of the penalties against Hartin to be served at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) will instead be served at the Youth Hub on Lake Independence Boulevard. Hartin was also to make a public service announcement video about the dangers of intoxication and gun possession and use. She also continues to face a civil trial for the wrongful death of Jemmott filed by his surviving family.

 

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