The daughter-in-law of a British billionaire was charged Monday with manslaughter by negligence in the shooting death of a top police officer in Belize, according to reports.
Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is married to the son of politically-connected businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft; was denied bail at her arraignment Monday night, The Daily Mail reported.
The charges came three days after Hartin was initially detained for questioning; in the Friday morning death of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
The two were drinking and socializing on a pier before Jemmott’s body was found floating in the water with a bullet wound to the head, police said.
The 42-year-old cop was shot behind the ear with his own revolver, according to cops.
Hartin, a mom of two, was reportedly covered in blood and “deeply distressed and shaking” when first responders arrived.
The socialite later told detectives that she was giving the officer a massage when he asked her to hand over his service Glock pistol; — and the gun accidentally went off, according to local reports.
Hartin, a Canadian, lives in Belize with her husband, Andrew Ashcroft, the youngest son of Lord Ashcroft.
She is the director of lifestyle and experience at the Alaia Belize, a luxury resort developed by her hubby.
Her father-in-law is Belize’s former ambassador to the United Nations and his lawyer, the country’s former attorney general; reportedly visited Hartin in jail Saturday.
The punishment for manslaughter in Belize can be up to 25 years in prison, but Hartin is a maximum of five years; the Mail reported, citing sources.
It’s also possible she could get off with just a fine of $10,000, according to the outlet.