The son of Lord Michael Ashcroft and his common law wife separated months before she was arrested for killing a senior police officer in Belize, MailOnline can reveal.
Wealthy socialite Jasmine Hartin and Andrew Ashcroft, son of Tory grandee Lord Ashcroft, have four-year old twins but sources told MailOnline that the couple separated ‘months’ before she was arrested for the shooting of Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
Sources revealed that Hartin and Andrew kept details of the split secret to ‘maintain appearances’ and were living separate lives when the high-profile incident took place.
Wealthy socialite Jasmine Hartin (right) and Andrew Ashcroft (left)), son of Tory grandee Lord Ashcroft, separated months before she was arrested for killing a senior police officer in Belize
Hartin was detained in the early hours of May 28 after Superintendent Jemmott, a father of five, was found floating dead beside a pier on the upmarket holiday island of San Pedro, which lies just off the coast of Belize.
Hartin, 32 has been charged with manslaughter-by-negligence and released on bail, with local media reporting that she has been living away from the marital home in a compound owned by the Ashcroft family.
Following her high-profile arrest, prosecutors accepted her claim that she shot Superintendent Jemmott by accident as he was showing her how to handle his firearm while they drank together.
Earlier this week, explosive video obtained by Dailymail.com showed Hartin lashing out at Andrew, 43 and accusing him of denying her access to their two children.
Wealthy Canadian socialite Hartin (right), 32 has been charged with manslaughter-by-negligence and released on bail
The 32-year-old Canadian expat socialite has been released on bail on a manslaughter-by-negligence charge over the killing of police superintendent Henry Jemmott in the island town of San Pedro
The confrontation between the estranged couple took place at the plush, five-star Alia Belize resort which is owned by the Ashcroft family on Tuesday.
Lord Ashcroft, 75, has extensive business interests in Belize and has even represented it at the United Nations.
Hartin, who is listed as the hotel’s director of ‘lifestyle and experience’ filmed herself on her mobile phone persistently asking Andrew why he does not allow her to see their twins, Charlie and Ellie.
In one video, she confronts him in the hotel kitchen, demanding: ‘Why won’t you let me see the kids Andrew? Why won’t you let me see the children?’
She continues: ‘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.’
Ms Hartin was very much the devoted mother on the warpath on Tuesday, as she demanded to see their four-year-old twins, Charlie and Elle. Above: One of her videos showing Mr Ashcroft at the resort
Hartin continues to pursue Andrew as he repeatedly pleads ‘stop, stop.’
Another female voice from off camera adds: ‘It’s going in the newspaper Andrew. You lied to my family Andrew.’
In a second video recorded Tuesday she is seen being confronted by guards as she walks towards Andrew in the distance.
Hartin states: ‘I’m walking up right now to try to see my kids and all of the girls are on standby. And there’s Andrew too, Andrew’s running so I can’t see my children.
‘Security is literally stopping me from seeing my children right now. Wow, so you’ve been instructed by Andrew to stop me from seeing my children? That’s correct?
After being blocked from getting any further by security guards, she states that she is not prepared to make a scene to try and get past them.
Ms Hartin filmed herself chasing Mr Ashcroft through the hotel, arguing with security guards and complaining loudly that he will ‘rot in hell’ for his treatment of her
Hartin adds: ‘I won’t do that to my kids. That’s how much I love them, I don’t want my children to see that.’
Referring to Ashcroft, she fumes: ‘He’s gonna rot in hell for this. Like I’m not going through enough.’
The footage was posted by Hartin’s family on Facebook and Twitter.
Her mother Candice Laura Castiglione and two siblings have reportedly flown down from the family home in Ontario to support her. One of them can be heard on the video interjecting angrily on her behalf as she tells the guards: ‘He lied to my family in Canada . . . he’s a f***ing liar.’
Ms Castiglione urged people on Facebook to share the phone footage because her ‘grandchildren were being stopped from seeing their mother’.
Another attempt by Hartin to confront Andrew was filmed at the Grand Colony Villas, the expensive gated development which they own and where they previously lived together.
Hartin spots Andrew in the car park and begins to harangue him as he hides behind a golf cart and makes a phone call.
After being confronted by a security guard she can be heard screaming ‘Andrew get over here now! You are stopping me from coming into my own home.’
Hartin tells the security guard who is blocking her way: ‘I am the boss, we both own it!’
Police eventually arrive with Hartin telling them: ”I’m trying to come in to get my things and see the children,’
She added: ‘I’m not in breach of any court order, there’s nothing that says I have no access to my children and there’s nothing that says I don’t have access to my property. I still own half of it.
‘I would like to see my children who he has kept me from for weeks and I would like to get my things.’