The socialite accused of killing a top Belize cop has said in a new interview that the gun she was holding ‘just went off’ and she doesn’t remember ‘touching’ the trigger.
Jasmine Hartin, 33, shared the story of the May 2021 shooting death of Superintendent Henry Jemmott during a meeting with Piers Morgan which is set to air in full on Monday.
“I don’t remember ever touching the trigger of the gun, so I don’t know what happened, to be honest,” said Hartin, whose ex-husband is the son of billionaire Lord Michael. Ashcroft, in the interview, an excerpt of which was published by the Sun.
“I was trying to pull the clip out and it went off – I don’t remember ever hitting the trigger. So I don’t know if it was a faulty gun or not. I really can’t tell you how that happened,” she said.
Hartin was charged with negligent manslaughter.
She suggested the gun might be “rusty” and she was booby-trapped.
“I am definitely not a murderer. And I’m trapped. I am. I am really. It’s such a small country, everyone is afraid of Ashcroft here. They own the bank, they own the newspapers, they own the economy of this country.
She and her former husband Andrew Ashcroft are in the midst of a bitter custody battle over their five-year-old twins.
The night of the shooting, Hartin said she and Jemmott decided to sit on a dock with drinks, but before he left, he wanted to grab his gun.
“And I thought that was weird,” the Canada native said.
“He said he always brought it with him everywhere. So he went and got it.”
Hartin told Morgan the chief of law enforcement suggested he get his gun license and allowed him to handle his gun for the second time in a matter of days to practice loading and unloading tear.
When the gun was in her hand, she said, “I thought it was empty.”
Hartin has denied rumors that she and Jemmott had a romantic relationship, calling him a friend who was introduced to her by Andrew Ashcroft. She said Ashcroft was supposed to join them on deck before deciding to stay at the last minute.
At one point, she said Jemmott asked her to rub his shoulder that night, but she denied it was a sexual thing because he had gone fishing earlier.
She also dismissed speculation that she was a party girl who used a lot of cocaine.
“I wondered the same thing. The only thing I can think of is who would benefit from such rumors? she says according to the excerpt from The Sun.
“Obviously it would benefit the custody case, it would benefit in many ways if I’m seen as this wild cocaine addicted party girl. It is simply not true.
When Morgan brought up her ability to wield a firearm, citing her blasting a watermelon with a taped shotgun, Hartin insisted that she was not an expert and that she did not had never owned a gun.
“And what this video doesn’t show you is the ten times I tried to hit that watermelon and I missed, and that video was shot by my ex,” she told Morgan.
She confessed to authorities last year that she was practicing loading a gun when it exploded and killed Jemmott.
Hartin told Morgan, according to the excerpt, that Jemmott was a foot or two away when the gun went off, and then when he fell on top of her, she “could see blood and smell blood.”
She said she had heard many stories about how the fatal night unfolded.
“I heard that I executed him, that it was an attempted rape and that I was defending myself. I heard I lured him there and it was Andrew who shot him.
“The truth is none of that. He was my friend. He didn’t give me a pass. I viewed Henry as a protector.