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Was Jasmine Hartin having an affair with married cop? Jemmott told pal he was going on date on night he died

Belizean cop Henry Jemmott did not reveal the name of his date to his pal but said he was going to a resort run by Jasmine Hartin's husband
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Hours before his tragic death, the Belizean police officer who was allegedly shot dead by socialite Jasmine Hartin had reportedly told a friend that he was going on a date. Henry Jemmott was reportedly shot in the head and his body was found floating in the water off San Pedro island early on Friday, May 28. The 42-year-old had also joked that he won’t reveal the name of his date and would take her name “to my grave”.

According to reports, Jemmott had also proudly told his friend, whose name has not been disclosed, that he was staying at a luxury resort for free — the Grand Colony Villas which is run by Hartin's husband Andrew Ashcroft. The police superintendent’s place of stay was between the newly opened Alaia hotel, another property of Ashcroft, and the Mata Rocks hotel pier, where the veteran officer died.


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The 32-year-old daughter-in-law of Lord Ashcroft has been charged with manslaughter by negligence. She reportedly admitted to mistakenly firing the gun while passing Jemmott his Glock service revolver. Hartin is currently in custody at the infamous Belize Central Prison. The friend said Jemmott contacted him before leaving for San Pedro, the main settlement and tourism hub in Ambergris Caye. “I asked him where he was staying and he said Grand Colony. I said, what? You have money then?” the friend told, before adding, “He said, I have stripes with the Ashcrofts, they are my friends. I said, you're with the rich people now and he laughed.”

The friend also said that hours before Jemmott died, he was in good spirits. “He was the happiest cop you'll ever see but he's always like that. I said where are you going tonight and he said, I have a date. He called the girl. When I heard the voice I asked who she was. He joked, that's my secret, this one I'm taking to my grave and he did take it. I'm struggling to cope with what has happened,” the friend added.

Meanwhile, as per police sources, Hartin won't be spending her life behind bars as she can escape the jail sentence with just a fine after authorities opted against a murder or a full-fledged manslaughter charge. The sources have said that there are chances that within weeks her guilty plea would come and after that, she would pay a fine of 20,000 Belizean dollars (around US$10,000) for her freedom. Jemmott's sister Cherry, who is an assistant superintendent in the Belize Police Department, earlier told, “It's not right. It's not right. The family will feel really bad. This is not justice. My brother will have a state funeral on June 12. He gave 24 years to the police. And this is the value they put on his life?”

Previously, the slain cop’s family dismissed the speculations that Jemmott took his own life. Cherry had said, “My brother would never ever kill himself. He had his plans. In September he was to be promoted to senior superintendent and he was to be transferred to another unit. My brother was a very top cop with a big dream. He had a gunshot behind his ear like an assassination. He was so skillful after 24 years (as an officer), he would never have left his guard down. He was a top cop. I don't know how he let down his guard to be shot with his own gun.”