Canadian socialite Jasmine Hartin has arrived at a Belize courthouse as she is due to stand trial for allegedly shooting dead a police officer in 2021.
Hartin was pictured Tuesday arriving at the Belize City Supreme Court.
The blonde socialite is accused of shooting dead her sidekick, Police Chief Henry Jemmott, in San Pedro, Belize, in May 2021.
At the time of the shooting, Belize police officers rushed to gunfire, where they found Hartin soaked in blood near the beachfront home she shared with her partner Andrew.
In nearby waters, authorities found Jemmott’s lifeless body, with a single gunshot wound to the head, floating near San Pedro.
Hartin told authorities she gave the superintendent a target massage when he asked her to give him his pistol, 7 News Belize reported at the time.
She then claimed the Glock service pistol accidentally went off and shot him in the back of the head, the outlet reported.
Hartin claims Jemmott then fell on top of him and she pushed him away, causing his lifeless body to fall off the pier into the water.
Authorities charged Hartin with negligent manslaughter.
After the shooting, rumors about Hartin and Jemmott began to circulate.
However, Jemmott’s sister, Marie Jemmott Tzul, told the DailyMail that her brother knew Hartin but that there was no romantic relationship between the two.
Instead, Jemmott Tzul told the outlet that her brother was shot while “drinking with Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law (and) had an assassination-like head wound.”
Hartin broke her silence more than a year after the incident in an interview with CBS’ 48 Hours in July 2022.
“It was so blurry. Um, you know, and I think I was shocked,” the mother-of-two told Sant.
On the night of the shooting, Hartin said she and Jemmott had been drinking before going to the pier, where she gave him a shoulder massage.
She said he tried to teach her how to load and unload the magazine and bullets from his Glock 17 service pistol.
“I hold it up like this and like that, and I’m trying to get the magazine out,” Hartin told the outlet, demonstrating how she says she was holding Jemmott’s pistol.
“Next thing I know, the gun went off.”
When asked if she had her finger on the trigger, Hartin replied, “Not that I thought.
“I would – I am – I don’t know. I – I – I mean, it was an accident or the gun misfired. But did I deliberately pull the trigger? No.” She added.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Henry, he was my friend, he was a protector,” Hartin previously told the Mail.
Hartin was previously in a common law marriage to Andrew, the son of British-Belizian billionaire Lord Ashcroft, but they have since split.