Jasmine Hartin was back in court today.
And this time, as she received a further 78 pages of disclosure and 3 DVDs worth of evidence she was accompanied by attorney Dickie Bradley.
He gave an interview outside the San Pedro Courthouse and Hartin chimed in too to tell the press about the work she's doing in her own defense.
Dickie Bradley, Attorney-At-Law
"Procedurally Ms. Jasmine is required to be given full disclosure in the indictable matter which is the case that everybody is focusing their attention on. Today in court she was handed by the prosector, prosecutor, and judge, Sargent Andrews, the remaining pages which amounted to 78 pages of additional disclosure and three DVDs, they are completing the burning of two others which would then complete giving her all the information that prosecution would hope to martial when the day for trial comes. We also asked and the prosecutors in the court are in agreement that the preliminary inquiry can start on the 31st day of March and while the other session of the Supreme Court is in April, it won't be able to reach that. I imagine the DPP's office is at the moment preparing for all the cases that will be sent up for the beginning counsel session. So, let's hope that she would be able to be included in the June session of the supreme court and when that starts there will be a formal appearance in the Supreme court where an indictment will be read in connection with the allegation of manslaughter by negligence and thereafter some date would be set in what is referred to as case management which will certainly be needed in a matter of 81 pages plus 71 pages. So, we're going all out for the kill, no pun intended but that is the state of affairs."
"A lot of times when you see large disclosures they are banking on quantity. We are interested in the quality we would want to see which statements really contain a matter that goes to the allegation the rest will just be fluff and formalities. So, remember there are only two persons on the pier and one is not here so 180 pages is most interesting, no."
"Remember I'm not charged so I know that Jasmine is going over each page several times and she makes notes and she's in communication to be of assistance with us and I really say that I have been contacted by a Queen's Counsel in Britain who is interested and has offered to come and assist Jasmine in her case."
Jasmine Hartin, Accused of Manslaughter by negligence
"The first round of disclosure I received had a lot of shocking surprises I should say. I haven't had a chance to go through these yet but it's been interesting so far."
Henry Jemmott's sister, Marie and other family members were in attendance at court today.
The preliminary inquiry in the case of manslaughter by negligence against Jasmine Hartin is set for March 31 in San Pedro Town Magistrate's Court.
Jasmine Hartin Appears in San Pedro Court for Additional Disclosure Materials
Accused of manslaughter by negligence in the death of Senior Superintendent of Police, Henry Jemmoth, Jasmine Hartin appeared before the San Pedro Magistrate Court this morning. There, the prosecution submitted additional pages of disclosure and several D.V.D.’s related to the allegation against her. The question is: will all this be enough to convince the court on March thirty-first that the matter should be taken before the Supreme Court of Belize for trial? News Five’s Paul Lopez reports.
Paul Lopez, Reporting
Jasmine Hartin is another step closer towards facing trial for the charge levied against her in the death of Senior Superintendent of Police Henry Jemmott. In a disclosure hearing inside the San Pedro Magistrate Court, the prosecution submitted seventy-eight pages and three DVDS containing the arguments they are prepared to put forward in the trial against Hartin. These materials, in addition to the eighty-one pages of evidence submitted in a previous disclosure hearing, makes for a total of one hundred and sixty pages that Hartin and her attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley must now sift through.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney At Law
“Procedurally, Ms Jasmine is required to be given full disclosure in the indictable matter, which is a case everybody is focused on. Today in court she was handed by the prosecutor Sargeant Andrews the remaining pages which amounted to seventy-eight pages of disclosure and three DVDS. They are completing the burning of two others, which is then complete, giving all the information which the prosecution hoped to marshall when the day for trial comes.”
The preliminary inquiry, a hearing in which the judge will review the evidence to decide if there is enough evidence to have a trial, has been set for March thirty-first 2022. And with the pages and pages of evidence and dvds, the prosecution’s case against Hartin, at the onset, appears to be thorough.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley
“A lot of times when you see large disclosures, they are banking on quantity. But, we are interested in quality. We would want to see which statements really contain the matter that goes to the allegation. The rest would just be fluff and formalities. Remember there were only two persons on the peer and one is not here. So, a hundred and eighty pages are most interesting.”
“Anything eye popping initially that gives you the trembles?”
Richard “Dickie” Bradley
“It is too early to say. Remember, I am not charged, but I know Jasmine is going over each page several times and she makes notes and she is in communication to be of assistance with us.”
As for Hartin, who has been going over each page of the prosecution’s evidence against her, she had this to say.
Jasmine Hartin, Accused of Manslaughter by Negligence
“The first round of disclosure I received had a lot of shocking surprises I should say. I haven’t been able to go through these as yet. But, it has been interesting so far, yeah.”
According to attorney Bradley, a Queen’s Council in Britain has offered to assist Hartin in the case.
Richard “Dickie” Bradley
“They are going all out for the kill, no pun intended. But, that is the state of affairs. So the magistrate is going to hold a preliminary inquiry at the end of this month March and commit the matter to the next available session in the Supreme Court.”