Jasmine Hartin is giving her first TV interview since being charged over the death of Belizean police superintendent Henry Jemmot.
The glamorous socialite, 32, shot and killed Jemmott, a 42-year-old father-of-five, on a moonlit pier in Belize back in May, with the case generating headlines around the world.
Hartin – who shares two children with the son of billionaire British politician Lord Michael Ashcroft – has been charged with manslaughter by negligence, but several members of Jemmott’s family believe he was murdered.
In a world exclusive, Hartin is sitting down with CBS reporter Peter Van Sant for a special interview set to air on 48 Hours this coming Saturday, where she admits to killing Jemmott – but not deliberately.
‘I am not a murderer. That’s ridiculous,’ Hartin says in a sneak preview of the interview, which was released on Thursday.
For the first time on television, the mother-of-two describes what she says occurred on the fateful night of May 28.
In a world exclusive, Hartin is sitting down with CBS reporter Peter Van Sant for a special interview set to air on 48 Hours this coming Saturday, where she admits to killing Jemmott – but not deliberately
Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a 42-year-old father-of-five, was killed by a bullet from his own service pistol in May
Hartin tells Van Sant that she and Jemmott – who was a friend – walked down to the pier under the cover of darkness, where he taught her how to load and unload his Glock 17 pistol and magazine.
Hartin claims Jemmott wanted her to be able to use a gun for her personal protection.
‘He says … “Can you hand me the magazine from the gun?”. So, I lean over. I pick up the gun. … I’m trying to get the magazine out. Next thing I know, the gun went off,’ Hartin is seen saying in the preview clip.
‘And did you have a finger on the trigger?’ Van Sant then asks.
‘Not that I thought,’ Hartin replies.
‘Somehow you must have pulled the trigger,’ Van Sant responds.
‘I’d – I’m—I don’t know. I – I – I – mean, it was an accident or the gun misfired. But – consciously did I pull the trigger? No,’ Hartin says.
Back at the scene: Jasmine is pictured with Peter Van Sant during the CBS exclusive
Hartin claims Jemmott taught her to use the weapon because he wanted her to have a gun for her personal protection
Hartin’s recount contradicts the one she reportedly gave to police just after Jemmott’s death, where she allegedly said the gunshot came from a boat which was sailing in nearby waters.
In her 48 Hours interview, Hartin further describes how Jemmott fell straight on top of her after she shot him.
‘All I could feel is warmth, and I later then realized he was bleeding on me,’ she emotionally states.
Jemmott’s sister does not believe the socialite’s version of events.
‘My brother was shot behind the ear… execution style. Jasmine Hartin should be charged with murder, not manslaughter,’ Cherry Jemmott says in the CBS preview clip.
In the early hours of May 28, Jasmine Hartin (left) shot Henry Jemmott dead with his own service pistol. She is charged with manslaughter and maintains the shooting was an accident
Hartin – a glamorous blonde – was in a relationship with Andrew Ashcroft at the time of Jemmott’s death. Ashcroft is the son of Lord Michael Ashcroft, a British politician with a net worth of around $2.2 billion.
Hartin tells 48 Hours that the media representation of her glamorous life and personality has been distorted.
‘People perceive me as being… a billionairess and this… entitled, spoiled rich girl… and this wild, crazy, party girl that’s hanging from the rafters,’ she states.
‘That’s not it at all. I’m a businesswoman. I’m a mother. I’m a friend… I’m a wife.’
Hartin is awaiting trial, but no court dates have yet been announced.
Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, 43, and his former partner Jasmine Hartin, 32, who is facing a manslaughter charge in Belize
However, the couple have been embroiled in a bitter custody dispute over their twins since Hartin was charged in June.
Ashcroft says his former partner is an unfit mother because of her ‘immoral habits’ and her involvement in the accidental shooting death of the police officer.
‘Her main occupation is socializing and she is addicted to non-prescribed and illegal drugs and is a habitual drunkard,’ Ashcroft has claimed in a court summons.
Hartin has rejected the allegations and says Ashcroft has blocked her from seeing her children without any court order or lawful authorization since June 11.
She has also complained to Belizean and Canadian authorities that Ashcroft took their children out of Belize without her permission.
Hartin has claimed no-one from the family of her former partner Ashcroft visited her while she was on bail over the shooting because they had been told they couldn’t have ‘bad press associated with their reputation’.
She said that although she has had a ‘complicated’ seven-year relationship with Ashcroft with many ‘ups and downs’, she has been ‘shocked’ about the Ashcroft family’s treatment of her since her arrest.
Andrew Ashcroft claims his ex Jasmine Hartin is unfit to care for twins Charlie and Ellie
Prior to the shooting of Jemmott, Hartin and Ashcroft enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle operating a string of luxurious resorts in Ambergris Caye, a tropical island haven for rich ex-pats off the eastern coast of Belize.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com back in July, Hartin gave her first public account of the shooting saying the gun went off unexpectedly in her hands as she tried to re-insert a clip and hand it back.
‘Henry was my friend. It was an accident, I didn’t flee the scene. The first thing I did was call the police myself,’ she said.
Hartin also revealed that the reason she was practicing with the gun was because an unnamed man had tried to rape her at a party six days earlier.
She was charged with manslaughter by negligence after prosecutors opted against murder or full-fledged manslaughter on the strength of her witness statement insisting it was an accident.
The offence carries a maximum prison sentence of nine months or a fine of around 10,000 Belizean dollars ($5,000 in US money).