WEALTHY socialite Jasmine Hartin has been released on bail after she was arrested for the death of a high-level police officer in Belize.
Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law was released on $30,000 BZD (or $15,000 USD) bail on Wednesday after she has been jailed since May 28 in the death of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
Jasmine Hartin was freed after a court heard she was suffering “extreme anxiety and distress,” 7 News Belize reported.
The judge ruled that the Canadian native would not pose a flight risk as the prosecution had argued, granting her access to go home to her 4-year-old twins.
“In the end, the judge felt that there was not an unacceptable risk of flight once the appropriate conditions could be put in place,” Hartin’s attorney Godfrey Smith told reporters outside the Belize courtroom.
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 Jemmott, 42.
Hartin is accused of shooting top Belize officer Henry Jemmot[/caption]
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.
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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.