The socialite, who is accused of killing a top Belizean police officer, has now been arrested on charges of trying to meet the police commissioner and a judge.
But in a bizarre twist in a case that has had many, the man who brought the charges against Jasmine Hartin is also behind bars after she told police he sexually assaulted her.
“A crazy man is spreading lies about me,” Hartin told 7 News Belize in a phone call before her arrest Thursday.
Hartin, 33, is the estranged wife of the son of British Lord Michael Ashcroft, a powerful figure in Belize and a supporter of the police department.
Last year, the mother of two made headlines when police Supt shot her dead. Henry Jemmott on a pier after a night out.
She insists Jemmott, a friend, showed her how to load and unload a gun – and she was about to take out the magazine on his Glock 17 when it accidentally went off and shot him.
She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting trial. But things were not peaceful.
Hartin was involved in a bitter custody battle with her husband, hotelier Andrew Ashcroft; combating allegations of drug use; and faced calls for harsher treatment from Jemmott’s family.
Things really went sideways this week, Hartin said when she reported that a maintenance worker, Lionel “Piggy” Neal, had attacked and threatened to tell authorities she was planning to kill scores of people.
“I think that’s absurd, so I made sure I went to the police station, I filed the report, he was arrested later in the day,” she told 7 News on Wednesday night. “This is the greatest made-up story of all time. There is no reason, no proof, nothing.”
When she went to the police station for her usual weekly check-up the next day, she was detained.
Neal, meanwhile, allegedly claims he’s been in a romantic relationship with Hartin for months. He was released on bail with orders to stay away from Hartin.
Police Commissioner Chester Williams said “those who we believe were hired to deliver the hit” were also picked up by investigators for questioning.
When asked if detectives had any credible evidence that Hartin was actually trying to hire hitmen, Williams told reporters, “Sure it seems there was at least some talk, and you know things usually start with a conversation, don’t you things develop in your head and from there it starts to take effect.”
“The fact that something has been said means it has some credibility and that’s why I said it’s important for us to get to the bottom of it and not take it for granted.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/socialite-jasmine-hartin-back-behind-bars-in-belizeover-bizarro-assassination-claims?source=articles&via=rss Celebrities Jasmine Hartin back behind bars in Belize – on bizarre assassination allegations