It is like something ripped from the opening pages of a whodunit. On a tropical moonlit night, a shot rang out. A security guard from a nearby hotel raced to the scene, and found, standing on a pier, a beautiful young woman, the partner of a British billionaire’s son, hysterical and covered in blood. The authorities were called, and they soon found, in the waters beneath her, the body of a beloved police superintendent, floating dead from a bullet wound to the back of his head.

This is what happened just past midnight on the Friday before last on the island of Ambergris Caye, in Belize. In truth, however, it isn’t much of a whodunit. The gun, by all accounts, was fired by Jasmine Hartin, 32, whose partner’s father is one of Britain’s wealthiest men. Indeed, Hartin has already been charged with manslaughter by negligence and observers have predicted that she may plead guilty.