Jasmine Hartin was refused bail ‘for political reasons’ to calm the public which is ‘baying for blood’ – while the Canadian socialite is locked up in a notoriously tough Belize prison
- Jasmine Hartin is stuck behind bars for ‘political reasons’, a source has claimed
- Ms Hartin, 32, still remains in solitary confinement at tough Belize Central Jail
- In Belize, a person with no criminal record should receive bail for her charges
- But the Director of Public Prosecutions has deemed the socialite ‘a flight risk’
- It was suggested decision was to counter criticism she got ‘special treatment’
Jasmine Hartin is stuck behind bars ‘for political reasons’, a source close to the case claimed on Saturday night.
Ms Hartin remains in solitary confinement at the notoriously tough Belize Central Jail after her bail plea was adjourned.
In Belize, a person with no criminal record should automatically receive bail for the charge of manslaughter with negligence.
Jasmine Hartin (pictured in 2013) remains in solitary confinement at the notoriously tough Belize Central Jail after her bail plea was adjourned, a source claimed on Saturday
But the Director of Public Prosecutions has deemed Ms Hartin ‘a flight risk’ and has adjourned her bail application until Wednesday.
It has been suggested the decision was designed to counter criticism that the wealthy socialite has received ‘special treatment’ because of billionaire Lord Ashcroft’s extensive business interests in Belize.
A source said: ‘The public is baying for blood. There’s a feeling she’s getting away with it.
‘Politicians and police want her to stay in prison to assuage the public. It could be a year before there is a trial.
Ms Hartin faces a manslaughter by negligence charge for killing police Superintendent Henry Jemmott (pictured) with his own gun
In private, politicians accept this was an accident, but if voters say she needs to be hung, drawn and quartered, it will take a brave politician to say they’re wrong.
‘She is certainly not being given any special treatment in jail – she’s being segregated for her own safety’.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of a £7,000 fine and five years in jail, but if a judge agrees the death was accidental, it is unlikely Ms Hartin will spend any further time behind bars.
The source said: ‘It’s a relatively small fine, so why would she go on the run? She being punished for political reasons.’