Ashcroft denies preventing 'cop killer' socialite access to their kids

Lord Michael Ashcroft’s son Andrew denies preventing his ‘cop killer’ socialite ex-partner Jasmine Hartin from seeing their children and accuses her of making ‘unreasonable demands’, Belize reports reveal

  • Statement from Andrew Ashcroft, 43, denying he refused ex-partner Jasmine Hartin, 32, access to the couple’s children, is released by local Belize media 
  • Canadian socialite was filmed on her cell phone as she chased the father of her children, Andrew Ashcroft, and demanded parental access on June 22 
  • ‘Why won’t you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won’t you let me see the children?’ Hartin asks as she confronts Ashcroft in a hotel kitchen 
  • She is awaiting trial for the shooting of Supt Henry Jemmott in May with his pistol
  • The partner of a Canadian socialite who is facing trial in Belize after the shooting of a police chief has denied he ever prevented her from seeing their children.

    A statement from Andrew Ashcroft, 43, in which he reportedly never told his former partner Jasmine Hartin that she could not see their children, has been shared by local media outlets while the mother-of-two prepares for her manslaughter trial.

    In the full three page statement, believed to have been shared with police before being released on social media, Mr Ashcroft recalls his version of events from June 22 and claims Hartin has made ‘unreasonable demands’. 

    The statement reads: ‘At no time have I told Jasmine that she cannot see her children.’ 

    On June 22, an explosive video in which 32-year-old wealthy socialite Hartin lambasted the youngest son of Lord Ashcroft, and accused him of refusing her access to the couple’s children, was made public.

    Hartin was released on bail earlier this week as she awaits trial for shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott, a father-of-five, with his own service pistol in May, which she says was an accident.

    In an interview with 7 News Belize, Hartin said the Ashcroft family was told to ‘distance’ themselves from her, adding that she wasn’t allowed to speak to her infant twins while she was in Belize Central Prison.

    A statement reportedly signed off by Andrew Ashcroft, 43 and released to local Belizean media denies preventing his ex-partner Jasmine Hartin (right) access to their children

    In an interview with 7 News Belize , Hartin said the Ashcroft family was told to 'distance' themselves from her, adding that she wasn't allowed to speak to her infant twins while she was in Belize Central Prison

    In an interview with 7 News Belize , Hartin said the Ashcroft family was told to ‘distance’ themselves from her, adding that she wasn’t allowed to speak to her infant twins while she was in Belize Central Prison

    Hartin was released on bail earlier this week as she awaits trial for shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott (above), a father-of-five, with his own service pistol in May, which she says was an accident

    Hartin was released on bail earlier this week as she awaits trial for shooting Superintendent Henry Jemmott (above), a father-of-five, with his own service pistol in May, which she says was an accident

    Jasmine Hartin filmed on her cell phone as she chased Andrew Ashcroft, the son of influential British billionaire, Lord Michael Ashcroft

    Jasmine Hartin filmed on her cell phone as she chased Andrew Ashcroft, the son of influential British billionaire, Lord Michael Ashcroft.

    Jasmine Hartin filmed on her cell phone as she chased Andrew Ashcroft, the son of influential British billionaire, Lord Michael Ashcroft. ‘Why won’t you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won’t you let me see the children?’ Hartin, 32, says as she confronts Ashcroft in a hotel kitchen








    The couple have been embroiled in a bitter public row since Hartin was charged with manslaughter in the Caribbean hotspot of Belize earlier this year.

    Jasmine Hartin claimed no-one from the family of her former partner Andrew Ashcroft visited her while she was on bail over the shooting because they had been told they couldn’t have ‘bad press associated with their reputation’. 

    Speaking to 7 News Belize‘s Cherisse Halsall, Hartin said the Ashcroft family was told to ‘distance’ themselves from her, adding that she wasn’t allowed to speak to her infant twins while she was in Belize Central Prison.

    She said although she has had a ‘complicated’ seven-year relationship with Ashcroft – the son of Lord Ashcroft – with many ‘ups and downs’, she has been ‘shocked’ about the Ashcroft family’s treatment of her since her arrest.

    Her public interview followed the release of an eye-opening video in which she filmed on her cell phone as she chased Andrew Ashcroft, the youngest son of influential British billionaire, Lord Michael Ashcroft. 

    MailOnine understands the clash took place at the luxurious Alaia Hotel which Hartin ran with her common law husband before she ‘accidentally’ gunned down Jemmott, 42, last month on a secluded pier in San Pedro island. 

    ‘Why won’t you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won’t you let me see the children?’ Hartin, 32, says as she confronts Ashcroft in a hotel kitchen. 

    The full three-page statement, reportedly signed off by Andrew Ashcroft, was released by local media outlet 7 News Belize today

    The full three-page statement, reportedly signed off by Andrew Ashcroft, was released by local media outlet 7 News Belize today

    Within it, Ashcroft reportedly denies preventing Hartin access to their children and says she has made 'unreasonable demands'

    Within it, Ashcroft reportedly denies preventing Hartin access to their children and says she has made ‘unreasonable demands’

    The statement bears a signature purported to be that of Mr Ashcroft, who has been embroiled in a bitter public row with ex-partner Jasmine Hartin

    The statement bears a signature purported to be that of Mr Ashcroft, who has been embroiled in a bitter public row with ex-partner Jasmine Hartin

    Hartin and Ashcroft with their children in happier times at Belize's first Marriott Luxury Resort

    Hartin and Ashcroft with their children in happier times at Belize’s first Marriott Luxury Resort 

    ‘Why are you stopping me from being at my house and seeing my kids Andrew? You don’t want to be on camera? Why are you keeping my children from me Andrew? You lied to my whole family. Let me see my children.’ 

    Today, a three page post was shared by 7 News Belize’s Facebook page that claims to be a statement signed off by Ashcroft himself on June 25.

    Early reports suggest it was a statement provided to investigating officers with Belizean police as part of their enquiries.

    Within it, Ashcroft reportedly refutes the suggestion that he prevented Hartin from having access to their twin children, Elle and Charlie, and claims she has made ‘unreasonable demands’. 

    He also provides excruciating detail of the events of June 22 – the day of the video that saw him accused of refusing her access to her children.

    The statement reads: ‘At no time have I told Jasmine that she cannot see her children.

    ‘When she was situated in the Cayo district after being granted bail, I flew the children all the way from San Pedro there to spend several hours with her.

    ‘The following week I again arranged to have the children flown over to see her, only to discover that she had abandoned the residence I had arranged for her.

    ‘I have explained to Jasmine that we have to agree on dates, time and place convenient to all of us where she can see the children. 

    ‘Instead, she insists on making unreasonable demands, showing up without prior notification and alerts the media.’ 

    Hartin is awaiting trial for shooting Supt Jemmott with his own service pistol last month.

    Jemmott, a highly-rated officer tipped as a future leader of his country’s police force, was struck behind his right ear by a 9mm round from his own Glock 17 service pistol.

    According to a criminal complaint he had been ‘socializing’ and drinking alone with Hartin on a secluded hotel pier in Ambergris Caye, a tropical island haven for millionaire expats. 

    A security guard heard a ‘loud bang’ at 12.45am and police arrived to find Canadian national Hartin ‘covered in red substance as that of blood’ and Jemmott, 42, floating dead on his back 30ft from the shore.