Sharp shooter: ‘Cop killer’ socialite Jasmine Hartin is filmed taking a perfect shot at watermelon


Newly-released video footage shows cop killer socialite Jasmine Hartin blasting a watermelon to pieces with a perfectly-aimed shot – and hanging from the ceiling of a bar.

The clipS, shared with 7 News Belize on Wednesday, showed 32 year-old Hartin – accused of the manslaughter of police Superintendent Henry Jemmott – taking aim with a 12-gauge shotgun at a watermelon impaled on stakes on a paradise beach.

She easily strikes the foodstuff with the weapon, spraying the fruits’ bright red flesh through the air. 

Afterwards, Hartin – who was wearing a black halter neck top for the outing – turns to smile at the camera, then pretends to blow smoke of the gun barrel.  

Other photos showed her during separate visits to shooting ranges, with 7 News saying the images gave the impression that Hartin is a ‘masterful’ markswoman.

Newly-released footage shows Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin taking aim at a watermelon on a paradise beach with a 12-gauge shotgun…

...and hitting her target, sending bright red flesh spraying through the air

…and hitting her target, sending bright red flesh spraying through the air 

Afterwards, Hartin, 32, can be seen turning to smile at the camera...

Afterwards, Hartin, 32, can be seen turning to smile at the camera…

...before pretending to blow smoke off the barrel of the gun

…before pretending to blow smoke off the barrel of the gun 

And the TV station also shared footage of her confidently clambering into the rafters of a beach-hut style bar, before plonking herself down on a saddle suspended from its roof and dancing while sitting down. 

7 News speculated that the damaging images had been shared to try and prevent Hartin, who is from Canada, from regaining custody of her children – a twin boy and girl aged four. 

After being released from a notorious Belizean prison on bail last month, Hartin was filmed confronting her common-law husband Andrew Ashcroft about why he wouldn’t let her see their two young children. 

Andrew Ashcroft’s father is British billionaire businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, with the shooting scandal heaping disgrace upon the powerful family. 

Hartin was also filmed climbing onto the roof of a beach hut-style bar, before sitting down on a  saddle suspended from the ceiling and dancing

Hartin was also filmed climbing onto the roof of a beach hut-style bar, before sitting down on a  saddle suspended from the ceiling and dancing 

Jasmine Hartin and children

Hartin and her children

Hartin fears the embarrassing images were released to stop her seeing her children, a twin boy and girl aged four 

Hartin accused her husband and in-laws of abandoning her in the wake of Jemmott’s killing. She said it was accidental, and happened while he was showing her how to use his gun. 

Hartin claims no-one from the family of her former partner Andrew Ashcroft visited her while she was on bail over the shooting because they had been told they couldn’t have ‘bad press associated with their reputation’.

The mother-of-two, 32, was released from jail on bail for a second time on June 30 as she awaits trial for shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a father-of-five, with his own service pistol in May, which she says was an accident.

Speaking to 7 News Belize‘s Cherisse Halsall, Hartin said the Ashcroft family was told to ‘distance’ themselves from her, adding that she wasn’t allowed to speak to her infant twins while she was in Belize Central Prison.

She said although she has had a ‘complicated’ seven-year relationship with Ashcroft – the son of Lord Ashcroft – with many ‘ups and downs’, she has been ‘shocked’ about the Ashcroft family’s treatment of her since her arrest.

She added: ‘Even with all of that though, I can’t believe how I’ve been treated.’  

Jasmine Hartin (pictured) claimed she did not have any familial visitors in jail after the family of her former partner Andrew, the son of Lord Ashcroft, were told they couldn't have 'bad press'

Jasmine Hartin (pictured) claimed she did not have any familial visitors in jail after the family of her former partner Andrew, the son of Lord Ashcroft, were told they couldn’t have ‘bad press’

It is unclear whether the family accept the claims. They have been approached and asked to provide a comment.

In the new interview following her release on bail on Wednesday, Hartin said: ‘From what I’ve been told by the family, they were instructed to distance themselves from me immediately.

‘That they couldn’t have bad press associated with their reputation, so therefore, I wasn’t – I didn’t have any family come to visit me in jail, I didn’t have any family call me. 

‘Instead a couple of friends came to see me, but never once was I allowed to speak to the children during that time.’

Hartin said that her brother tried to call her from Canada while her mother was ‘worried sick’ while she was in jail, but claimed that Ashcroft told them that she had visitors every single day – which she said was ‘exaggerated’. 

Hartin, 32, said the Ashcroft family were told to 'distance' themselves from her, claiming that she wasn't allowed to speak to her young twins while she was in Belize Central Prison

Hartin, 32, said the Ashcroft family were told to ‘distance’ themselves from her, claiming that she wasn’t allowed to speak to her young twins while she was in Belize Central Prison

Hartin said although she has had a 'complicated' seven-year relationship with Andrew Ashcroft (pictured), she is still 'shocked' about her treatment from Ashcroft family since her arrest

Hartin said although she has had a ‘complicated’ seven-year relationship with Andrew Ashcroft (pictured), she is still ‘shocked’ about her treatment from Ashcroft family since her arrest

Her full interview with the local news channel will air on 7 News Belize’s evening television program on Thursday. 

Her comments came after a family friend, who is believed to have secured her release from prison by posting bail for her, claimed Hartin had been ‘thrown to the wolves’.

Wendy Auxillou told MailOnline that Hartin has been denied access to her children and locked out of her home.

Auxillou said she posted Hartin’s $30,000 bail by supplying the title to a property she owns as collateral, according to The Times.

Auxillou, who works as a lawyer, added Hartin is ‘being psychologically and emotionally abused’.

Hartin is awaiting trial for shooting Supt Jemmott with his own service pistol last month.

Jemmott, a highly-rated officer tipped as a future leader of his country’s police force, was struck 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 in Ambergris Caye, a tropical island haven for millionaire expats. 

A security guard heard a ‘loud bang’ at 12.45am and police arrived to find Canadian national Hartin ‘covered in red substance as that of blood’ and Jemmott, 42, floating dead on his back 30ft from the shore. 

An expended shell casing was still lodged inside the gun which was found on the Mata Rocks hotel pier along with a magazine, live bullets and a pool of blood. 

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. 

Before her release yesterday, Hartin had previously been out on bail but was re-arrested and charged with assaulting a hotel worker last week.

Her bail had originally been covered by the manager of the resort where she had lived with Ashcroft but he withdrew it following her re-arrest. 

When previously out on bail, Hartin was turned away by security when she tried to access her family apartment at the Grand Colony resort to see her young twins. 

According to The Times, Auxillou said: ‘In the beginning, people viewed her as some type of rich entitled kid, basically. 

The former partner of Lord Ashcroft's son Andrew is awaiting trial for shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott (pictured), a father-of-five, with his own service pistol last month

The former partner of Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew is awaiting trial for shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott (pictured), a father-of-five, with his own service pistol last month

‘After what transpired with her being locked out of her house and kept away from her kids and all that, she’s now being viewed with a bit of sympathy.’

It has not been specified whether Auxillou is part of her legal team, which is being led by high-profile attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley as Hartin awaits trial over the shooting of Superintendent Henry Jemmott, which she claims was an accident.

Authorities at the Central Prison received confirmation of Hartin meeting requirements for bail and she was released as of 3pm yesterday, according to Breaking Belize News.

Her conditions for bail reportedly include daily reports to the police station, a daily curfew, not leaving the jurisdiction, not interfering with witnesses, and maintaining good behavior. 

Hartin’s legal team is being led by high-profile attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, after an apparent split with Godfrey Smith – the former attorney general of Belize who was hired on her behalf in the hours after Jemmot’s shooting.

It comes after Hartin’s mother Candace Castiglione claimed that her daughter’s treatment amounted ‘persecution from the Ashcroft family’. 

Hartin pleaded not guilty last week when she appeared in court in San Pedro accused of assaulting the hotel worker during a clash with her former partner. 

The mother-of-two (pictured) was released from prison yesterday after her family friend, lawyer Wendy Auxillou, posted her $30,000 bail

The mother-of-two (pictured) was released from prison yesterday after her family friend, lawyer Wendy Auxillou, posted her $30,000 bail

The court heard she had attempted to push Sandra Grisham, the general manager of the Alaia, however, Hartin representing herself, pleaded not guilty and denied attacking anyone. 

Frank Habet, a manager of a resort, then withdrew her bail funds saying he was worried he would lose his 60,000 Belizean dollars ($30,000/£22,000) if Hartin did not show up for trial.

He said he decided to pull the plug after the accused mother was turned back by security on Tuesday when she tried to access her family apartment at the Grand Colony resort to see her young twins.

Habet said: ‘Miss Hartin appeared at Grand Colony resort behaving in a disorderly and abusive manner and creating great disturbance at the hotel in the presence of guests.

‘I now think Miss Hartin is quite capable of not showing up for trial and I therefore wish to immediately withdraw my cash deposit.’

Videos showed Hartin, 32, chasing her partner Andrew Ashcroft into the neighboring Alaia Belize hotel, which the couple ran together before the Jemmott shooting.

Hartin took the videos on her own cell phone and could be heard repeatedly asking Ashcroft why he allegedly wouldn’t give her access to Ellie and Charlie, four. 

Auxillou, who works as a lawyer, also claims Hartin (pictured) is 'being psychologically and emotionally abused'

Auxillou, who works as a lawyer, also claims Hartin (pictured) is ‘being psychologically and emotionally abused’

 In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, she reiterated her version of events, saying the gun went off unexpectedly in her hands as she tried to re-insert a clip and hand it back.

‘Henry was my friend. It was an accident, I didn’t flee the scene. The first thing I did was call the police myself,’ she said. 

‘There’s literally not a day that goes by when I don’t cry and my frigging chest doesn’t hurt and ache for his kids, for his family, for him.’ 

Hartin (pictured) re-told her version of events that led to Jemmott's death, saying the gun went off unexpectedly in her hands as she tried to re-insert a clip and hand it to him

Hartin (pictured) re-told her version of events that led to Jemmott’s death, saying the gun went off unexpectedly in her hands as she tried to re-insert a clip and hand it to him

She also revealed for the first time that the reason she was practicing with the gun was because an unnamed man had tried to rape her at a party six days earlier. 

Three days after Jemmott’s death Hartin 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).



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