Former Registrar of the High Court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanessa Tamara Gibson-Marks, was fined $10,500 on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
The St. Lucian had pleaded guilty to stealing EC$21,925 and the abuse of authority in office.
According to I-Witness News, District 1 Magistrate Carla James fined Gibson-Marks EC$4,500 on the theft charge with the sum to be paid in one month or three months imprisonment. She fined EC$6,000 on the abuse of authority charge, to pay in three months or spend six months in jail.
Director of Public Prosecution Colin Williams had discontinued the other charge — that “on May 7th, 2014 in Kingstown St. Vincent and the Grenadines being a person employed in the public service who being authorized to give a certificate touching any matter by virtue whereof the rights of any person may be prejudicially affected did give a certificate which was to your knowledge false in a material particular to wit an order claim 96/1980”.
Gibson-Marks initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges and was granted bail with one surety when she appeared in court on August 21, three months after Attorney-General Judith Jones-Morgan asked her to resign.
Gibson-Marks was represented in court by St. Lucian lawyer, Alberton Richelieu.
I-Witness News has reported that the court is expected to hear soon an application by Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan to have Gibson-Marks disbarred from practicing law in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.