The socialite daughter-in-law of British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft only confessed to accidentally shooting dead a top cop on Belize after she was threatened with cocaine charges, according to local reports.
She then clammed up — but started cooperating when local authorities told her she would be charged with cocaine possession, the station said.
She then “provided a statement under caution,” Belize’s Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, told the station.
Hartin — a Canadian who lives in Belize with her husband, Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew Ashcroft — said she had been giving the top cop a massage while they were drinking together on a pier when she accidentally shot him while handing him his service Glock pistol, local reports said.
Officials investigate the fatal shooting.7NewsBelize Henry