BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 7, 2021– Today, the legal team for Jasmine Hartin is expected to submit its arguments supporting its application to the court for bail to be granted to the accused. The case will once again be heard by Justice Herbert Lord, who is scheduled to hear the bail application arguments on Wednesday, June 9.
As previously reported, Hartin, the common-law wife of Andrew Ashcroft, the youngest son of Lord Michael Ashcroft, is facing a controversial charge of manslaughter by negligence, for the death of a well-known senior police officer, Supt. Henry Jemmott.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), based on a case file containing the findings of the Police Department after an initial investigation into the incident had been carried out, had made the recommendation that the lesser charge of manslaughter be brought against the accused due to the likelihood that the shooting was accidental. Many members of the public, largely enraged by this charge, are of a different opinion.
The office of the DPP is arguing that Hartin may be a flight risk if bail is granted. It is very likely that Hartin, as a member of the Ashcroft family, might have access to private jets and other vessels by means of which she could leave the country unnoticed.
The presiding judge will likely request that all Hartin’s travel documents be surrendered to the court if bail is granted.
We will continue to follow this case, which, as previously mentioned, resumes this Wednesday.