Lord Ashcroft's daughter-in-law Jasmine Hartin arrested after Belize policeman fatally shot

Jasmine Hartin at the opening of the Alaia Belize hotel.
Jasmine Hartin at the opening of the Alaia Belize hotel. Photo credit: Alaia Belize/YouTube

The daughter-in-law of Lord Ashcroft, a billionaire political donor, has been arrested and questioned after a police superintendent in Belize was shot dead on Friday.

Jasmine Hartin, 38, was arrested in the town of San Pedro with "what appeared to be blood on her arms and on her clothing" near where the body of superintendent Henry Jemmott was found, according to a media statement by police commissioner Chester Williams. 

Hartin is married to Andrew Ashcroft, 43, whose father Lord Ashcroft is worth NZ$2.9bn according to Forbes

He is a former deputy chairperson of Britain's Conservative Party and has also represented Belize at the United Nations. 

The arrest was made after a gunshot was heard, reported the AP, and Williams said that "upon investigating, police found the female on a pier".

"A firearm was also seen on the pier that has been retrieved and we have learned that the firearm belonged to the police and was assigned to Mr Jemmott.”

“From what we know they are friends... They were drinking. From investigation they were alone on the pier and yes, they were both fully clothed.”

The Guardian reported Hartin works as director of lifestyle and experience for the Alaia Belize Autograph Collection Hotel, which Andrew Ashcroft runs.

She initially refused to give a statement to police.