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Andrew Ashcroft (right) has issued a statement about his estranged partner Jasmine Hartin following the death of Henry Jemmott (inset) (Image: Facebook/REX)

A Canadian socialite who has admitted killing a police officer was “very drunk” the night of the shooting, her partner has claimed.

Jasmine Hartin was arrested in 2021 after Henry Jemmott, a father of five, was shot dead.

She appeared in the Supreme Court in Belize City earlier this week and filed a plea.

At the time of the incident, police said Hartin and Mr Jemmott were drinking alone on a pier in the city of San Pedro.

The 42-year-old officer was found dead in a nearby water on May 28, 2021.

Hartin’s former partner of Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew said she was “very drunk” before the shooting.

MailOnline reports that in a statement submitted to the court, he claimed she had about eight lines and “some” gunshots on the evening of the incident.

He said the then-couple went to an event at the Sunset Lounge on May 28, 2021 until around 11 p.m.

rex features ltd claims no copyright or license to the attached image. Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (12042236e) Picture shows: Jasmine Hartin, daughter-in-law of Conservative grandee Lord Ashcroft, who has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after a police commissioner was shot dead in Belize on May 28, 2021. Jasmine Hartin is pictured here with her husband at the opening of the Alaia Belize - Autograph Collection Hotel, in a video of the opening posted to Youtube on May 7th last month. Jasmine Hartin awaiting trial for Henry Jemmott's manslaughter, Belize - June 06, 2021

Jasmine Hartin with Andrew Ashcroft (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

In his statement, Mr Ashcroft said: “Jasmine had been drinking heavily and started using alcohol while preparing to attend the party and continued to do so at the party.

“While she was doing her hair and makeup … she drank about two to three glasses of wine with her hair and makeup artist. By the time we got to the party around 7pm, Jasmine was still drinking and had at least four or five more drinks. I watched them shoot.”

Mr Ashcroft said he woke up at 1am to staff telling him what allegedly took place.

Hartin, who has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, denied the allegations.


Henry Jemmott, a police commissioner in Belize, was shot dead with his own gun on May 28, 2021 (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

She claims that Mr. Jemmott’s death was a “terrible accident” that happened by accident when he offered to teach her how to use a Glock-17 for protection.

The celebrities’ spokeswoman, Louisa Chiaramonte, told the court: “None of the official disclosures or police statements made any mention of Ms Hartin being intoxicated in any way, no blood alcohol tests were taken as they (the police) saw no signs of intoxication .

“These statements by Andrew Ashcroft were not accepted in evidence by the court and were presented at the last minute, clearly with the intended strategy of then releasing them to the media to further defame and slander Ms Hartin’s reputation.”

Channel 5 Belize, reporting from outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, quoted Hartin as saying, “I just want Henry’s family to have peace now and I want this whole thing to be behind us all so we can heal.”

According to the broadcaster, she was told by a judge that a non-custodial sentence such as a fine could be imposed on her.

The court will next sit for a sentencing hearing, which is expected to take place on May 31.

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