Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law given bail after shooting a cop dead in Belize
LORD Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law — locked up after shooting a cop dead in Belize — was given bail last night.
Jasmine Hartin was freed after a court heard she was suffering “extreme anxiety and distress” and wanted to get home to her four-year-old twins.
The Canadian, 32 — married to Tory peer Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew — had spent over a week at the notorious Central Belize Prison since shooting her friend Superintedent Henry Jemmott, 42.
A judge in Belize City granted bail on a £10,500 bond. Prosecutors had opposed it, arguing that she posed a flight risk.
As part of her conditions she surrendered her travel documents so she can’t leave the central American nation, where she has lived for seven years.
Hartin, facing five years in jail for manslaughter by negligence, claims that Supt Jemmott’s gun went off by accident.
Jemmott, who had a common-law wife Romit Wilson, had been drinking shots with Hartin before she handled the weapon.
Yesterday Judge Justice Herbert Lord ordered Hartin to follow a curfew at her home between 7pm and 6am. And Hartin is expected to report daily to a police station.
A further £10,500 will have to be paid if Hartin breaks her bail conditions. She was warned by the judge that bail would be revoked if she makes any attempt to obstruct the investigation.
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