Socialite accused of manslaughter in cop's death could soon leave Belize prison

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Source: @ALAIABELIZE/FACEBOOK; Belize police

Jun. 9 2021, Updated 5:41 p.m. ET

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The socialite accused of killing a cop in Belize could soon leave jail after a judge granted her bond.

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Jasmine Hartin was charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of Henry Jemmott, a police superintendent in the Caribbean country. She was in court on June 9 to argue for bail, according to multiple media reports.

A judge granted $30,000 bail, which will allow Hartin to leave prison after eight days in custody, according to the reports.

Hartin will also turn over her passport, face a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and must make daily reports to a local police station while the case is ongoing, the reports note.

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Hartin is the daughter-in-law of one of England’s richest men in Lord Ashcroft. Prosecutors previously expressed concern she was a flight risk.

Jemmott was found dead in the water around 2 a.m. late last month near a pier, according to the Times of London.

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A security guard reported hearing a gunshot and found Hartin covered in blood and shaken. The duo was socializing on the pier past the country’s 10 p.m. curfew. The pair were friends and drinking before the shooting, police said.

Hartin initially told police the shot came from a passing boat, according to the report.

Police considered charging Hartin with cocaine possession, but then she started to cooperate with officers, according to 7 News Belize. It was then she said the shooting was accidental.

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Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft, the son of Lord Ashcroft. Hartin and Andrew Ashcroft live in Belize. According to her LinkedIn page, Hartin is the director of lifestyle and experience for a hotel collection

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