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The Canadian socialite awaiting trial for ‘accidentally’ shooting dead a cop in Belize is back in custody over explosive new allegations that she ordered a hit on the country’s police commissioner, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Jasmine Hartin, 33, is also accused of plotting to assassinate the magistrate overseeing her child custody battle with former partner Andrew Ashcroft, the son of Britain’s Lord Ashcroft.
The mom-of-two has become increasingly frustrated with Belizean authorities, claiming she’s being unfairly blocked from seeing twins Charlie and Elle while she waits to go on trial for the May 2021 manslaughter of Henry Jemmott.
She was arrested Thursday night after Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said he received information suggesting an unnamed woman had hired a Belize City street gang to carry out the contract killings.
An attorney for Hartin confirmed she was the individual under suspicion but dismissed the allegations as ‘preposterous’ and expressed confidence she would be exonerated.
Jasmine Hartin, 33, is back in custody over explosive new allegations that she ordered a hit on the country’s police commissioner
Hartin was arrested Thursday night after Commissioner of Police Chester Williams (right) said he received information suggesting an unnamed woman had hired a Belize City street gang to carry out the contract killings. She is also accused of plotting to assassinate Dale Cayetano, the magistrate overseeing her child custody battle
The latest shocking episode in the Hartin soap opera comes as she prepares to stand trial later this year over the death of Superintendent Jemmott, who was mysteriously shot in the head with his own service pistol.
Hartin maintains the gun went off by accident as Jemmott, a father-of-five tipped as a future leader of his country’s police force, showed her how to reload it as they drank and socialized on a secluded pier.
The case brought about the end of Hartin’s relationship with Ashcroft after he barred her from accessing their apartment and allegedly cut off access to their five-year-old children.
The latest shocking episode in the Hartin saga comes as she prepares to stand trial later this year over the death of Superintendent Henry Jemmott
Their custody battle is being decided by magistrate Dale Cayetano, the director of the Belize Family Court and allegedly one of two men Hartin has conspired to take out.
Williams, the second alleged target, said Thursday: ‘We’re going to take nothing for granted and we will do what needs to be done to ensure that the threat is neutralized and that includes ensuring that the alleged maker of the threat is brought into police custody and properly interviewed.
‘Those who we believe have been hired out to carry the hit, they too have been brought into custody and interviewed and so everything that needs to be done will be done to ensure that we get to the bottom of this.’
While cops have been tight-lipped about the plot, the allegations appear to stem in some part from a statement given by Lionel Neal, who claims he worked as Hartin’s security guard and allegedly overheard her saying she hoped ‘these a**holes would all die.’
Hartin filed a complaint to police Tuesday claiming she fired Neal after he came into her bedroom, pulled down her sleeping shorts and performed a sexual act. She claimed he responded by threatening her with a pair of scissors and vowing to lie about her to police.
‘He told me he was going to lie … and tell them that I meant to murder Henry Jemmott and tried to kill a few other people as well.’ He promised this would happen unless I pay him a ($1,000),’ she wrote in a statement obtained by DailyMail.com.
Neil is charged with burglary and attempted rape but in his own statement he claimed he and Hartin had been having an affair and she invited him to sleep with her.
While cops have been tight-lipped about the plot, the allegations appear to stem in some part from a statement given by Lionel Neal (pictured) claims he worked as Hartin’s security guard and allegedly overheard her saying she hoped ‘these a**holes would all die’
Andrew Ashcroft claims his ex Jasmine Hartin is unfit to care for twins Charlie and Ellie
He also claimed she would ‘act boisterous’ while under the influence of cocaine and sent angry texts to Williams, Cayetano and other Belizean officials.
‘During this time I observed Ms. Jasmine Hartin began texting Mr. Dale Cayetano who is the magistrate for the Belize City family court where I observed that she accused Mr. Dale Cayetano that he is taking bribes,’ Neil wrote.
‘I have never heard Ms. Jasmin Hartin threaten any of these person directly, I would only hear her saying shouting (sic) inside the house that she wish these a**holes would all die.’
Hartin is required to report daily to the police in Caye Calker, an island off the east coast of Belize where she is currently staying while on bail.
When she did so Thursday she was slapped in handcuffs and taken by boat to Belize City where she was still in custody as of Friday afternoon
Her attorney Dickie Bradley blasted police for believing the claims of a man accused of attempted rape.
‘There can’t be any truth to it. It doesn’t even make sense. Who would want to take the life of a magistrate? How can that be of any help to anybody?’ he told Belize’s Love FM.
‘I hope the media doesn’t give too much credence to this because it is just sheer nonsense that is going around.’
Hartin swapped life on her family’s farm in Kingston, Ontario, to move to the Caribbean around a decade ago, spending time in Jamaica before settling in Belize where she met Ashcroft, whose billionaire father holds dual British and Belizean nationalities and has represented Belize at the United Nations.
She and Andrew, 44, became long-term partners and had two kids together before opening the sprawling Alaia in May 2021, the ritziest hotel on the sun-drenched resort town of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye off the east coast of Belize.
As the hotel’s ‘Director of Lifestyle & Experience’, Hartin rubbed shoulders with jet-setting expats and powerful Belizean officials before Jemmott’s shooting on a nearby pier brought her gilded lifestyle crashing down.
Prior to the shooting of Jemmott, Hartin enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle operating a string of luxurious resorts in Ambergris Caye, a tropical island haven for rich ex-pats off the eastern coast of Belize.
That came to a shocking halt in the early hours of May 28 when Jemmott was hit behind his right ear by a 9mm round from his own Glock 17 service pistol.
According to a criminal complaint he had been ‘socializing’ and drinking alone with Hartin on a secluded hotel pier one block from the swank Alaia Belize hotel, which she operated with Ashcroft.
A security guard heard a ‘loud bang’ at 12:45am and police arrived to find Hartin ‘covered in red substance as that of blood’ and Jemmott floating dead on his back 30ft from the shore.
After spending the weekend behind bars, Hartin gave a statement saying the off-duty officer was showing her how to handle his firearm as the pair drank and hung out.
Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, 43, and his former partner Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is facing a manslaughter charge in Belize
After spending the weekend behind bars, Hartin gave a statement saying the off-duty officer was showing her how to handle his firearm as the pair drank and hung out
Last year, after she was first arrested, he blonde socialite was holed up in a tiny concrete cell at the stiflingly hot police and magistrates court complex in San Pedro, the tropical island of Ambergris Caye’s only town
Ashcroft and Hartin jointly ran the luxurious Alaia Belize Hotel on the resort island of Ambergris Caye off Belize’s Caribbean coast
She was charged with manslaughter by negligence after prosecutors opted against murder or full-fledged manslaughter on the strength of her witness statement insisting it was an accident.
The offense carries a maximum prison sentence of nine months or a fine of around 10,000 Belizean dollars ($5,000 in US money).
Hartin’s relationship with Ashcroft – whose father is a former deputy chairman of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party – came to an unseemly end after he allegedly barred her from accessing their apartment and stopped her from seeing their kids after her release on bail.
Hartin filmed herself chasing Ashcroft through the Alaia’s restaurant to demand answers, a clash that earned her an additional assault charge when a manager later accused her of ‘attempting’ to push her in the melee.
Ashcroft has not commented on the incident but in a leaked statement to police he said he was worried she was trying to seize the children ‘by force’.
‘At no time have I told Jasmine that she cannot see her children. I have explained to Jasmine that we have to agree on dates, time and a place convenient to all of us where she can see the children,’ the statement read.