Jasmine Hartin, who has two children with Tory donor Lord Ashcroft’s son has given her first TV interview since Henry Jemmott died in May
The former partner of Tory donor Lord Ashcroft’s son has insisted she wasn’t drunk and hadn’t taken drugs when she shot and killed a top Belize cop.
Jasmine Hartin, who has two children with Andrew Ashcroft, insisted she is “not a murderer” as she gave her first TV interview since Henry Jemmott died in May.
The glamorous socialite, 32, shot the 42-year-old father-of-five, on a moonlit pier in Belize claiming his service revolver went off accidentally as she passed it back to him.
Hartin has been charged with manslaughter by negligence, but several members of Jemmott’s family believe it was foul play.
Now the mum-of-two has said she had not taken cocaine on the night, and the small amount found on her by Belizean authorities was not hers.
The Canadian did not say who the drugs belonged to.
“People perceive me as being… this wild, crazy, party girl that’s hanging from the rafters,” she said.
“That’s not it at all. I’m a businesswoman. I’m a mother. I’m a friend… I’m a wife.”
Asked by CBS: “Had you used cocaine that evening?” she replied: “No”.
Interviewer Peter Van Sant then said: “Do you use cocaine? Do you have a drug problem?”
Hartin answered: “I definitely do not have a drug problem at all. And I will say that the substance that they found was not mine.”
When asked to name who the class A drug belonged to she said: “I don’t think I can say that.”
Speaking of the charges hanging over her she said: “I’ve been through what I would consider hell on earth.”
Hartin claims Jemmott was teaching her how to use a handgun for her protection, after she been sexually assaulted at a party on May 22.
Describing the incident she said: “He says ‘Can you hand me the magazine from the gun?’. So, I lean over. I pick up the gun.”
Hartin then explained how she was trying to remove the magazine from the gun before it went off. “I’m trying to click out the magazine and it’s not working.
So, I’m holding it like this and I’m trying to use the moonlight or whatever to see if I’m clicking the right button,” she said.
“Next thing I know, the gun went off.”
She is asked: “Did you have a finger on the trigger?’ to which she replied “Not that I thought. It was an accident or the gun misfired. But – consciously did I pull the trigger? No.”
Police found her on the pier, dazed and covered in Jemmott’s blood.
Jemmott’s family doesn’t believe the story.
“My brother was shot behind the ear … execution style,” his sister Cherry said.
The family is pushing for murder charges.
Since the shooting it emerged she has split from Andrew Ashcroft who once called her his “wife”.