Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin could be moved to Belize Central Prison on Tuesday after being charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of Belizean police officer Henry Jemmott, DailyMail.com has learned.
The correctional facility is the only prison in the Central American country located in the village of Hattieville, on the mainland.
The jail houses both men and women, as well as youths, and has been featured on Netflix documentary series, Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons.
Hartin, 32, who has insisted she shot Jemmott with his service weapon by accident, was denied bail by a Belizean court Monday night, her lawyer Godfrey Smith confirmed.
She has spent the past four days holed up in a tiny concrete cell at the stiflingly hot police and magistrates court complex in San Pedro, the tropical resort’s only town.
She was seen pictured behind bars by local media in Belize on Monday evening.
Jasmine Hartin was drinking with Superintendent Henry Jemmott (right) before he died. She has insisted she accidentally shot the Belizean police officer while handing him his service weapon
DailyMail.com has learned Hartin, who is charged with manslaughter by negligence, could soon be moved to Belize Central Prison, in Hattieville, the only correctional jail in the country
The jail houses both men and women, as well as youths, and has been featured on Netflix documentary series, Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons. Pictured: Inmates at the BCP
Hartin, who is married to the son of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft, was taken into custody last Friday after Jemmott was fatally shot behind the ear with his own revolver.
It comes as DailyMail.com revealed that Hartin, who was pictured in jail on Monday evening, could escape with just a fine.
Local news reports indicate that Hartin had initially told police Jemmott had been shot by someone passing them in a boat.
She clammed up when she was in police custody and summoned a lawyer, sources say.
Hartin started cooperating with police after being told she was facing cocaine charges, according to 7 News Belize.
Jemmott, who had arrived in San Pedro last week and was staying at a downtown hotel, had been fishing and visiting bars with a friend.
In her statement to police, Hartin claims she invited the veteran officer to her apartment where the pair drank and discussed her personal security.
She told cops they later walked a short distance to the wooden pier by the Mata Rocks hotel, which was closed because of the pandemic.
The blonde socialite has spent the past four days holed up in a tiny concrete cell at the stiflingly hot police and magistrates court complex in San Pedro, the tropical resort’s only town. She was pictured behind bars by local media on Monday evening
Belize Police Superintendent Henry Jemmott, who had arrived in San Pedro last week and was staying at a downtown hotel, had been fishing and visiting bars with a friend before he was killed
Hartin told police that Jemmott said he was suffering from shoulder pain so she offered him a massage while he placed his service weapon on the dock.
It was when she picked it up to pass it back to him that that loaded gun fired accidentally, according to the statement.
Hartin was found at the scene by a security guard ‘hysterical’ and covered in blood, but clammed up and summoned a lawyer once she was in police custody, sources said.
The blonde socialite has spent the past four days holed up in a tiny concrete cell at the stiflingly hot police and magistrates court complex in San Pedro, the tropical resort’s only town.
Hartin was arraigned behind a cloak of secrecy on Monday in San Pedro, despite authorities insisting the glamorous mother-of-two would not receive any preferential treatment.
Police abruptly ejected reporters and members of the public from the building before she was taken from the tiny, concrete holding cell to the court, one floor above, at around 3:30pm local time.
Officers cited COVID social distancing rules that ban assemblies of more than ten people, though more than double that amount were stood in a waiting room earlier in the day.
Henry Jemmott’s sister, Assistant Superintendent Cherry Jemmott, 48, are pictured together at a holiday party in 2019. She told DailyMail.com that her brother would never have taken her own life
Hartin will spend another night in a squalid Belize jail cell after her attorney, Godfrey Smith, emerged from the courthouse late Monday saying his client had been denied bail.
‘The charge is manslaughter by negligence. Bail has been denied. We appeal to the Supreme Court as is normal,’ he said.
Police Commissioner Chester Williams said on Sunday morning that Hartin had given a statement under caution and a file was passed on to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal.
The punishment for manslaughter can be ‘life’ in prison – up to 25 years – in the Belizean criminal system. However, Hartin is facing a maximum of five years, sources told DailyMail.com.
Sources with knowledge of the island’s secretive justice system said the punishment could alternatively be just a fine of around $20,000 Belizean dollars, or $10,000 in US money.