Former registrar of the High Court, Vanessa Tamara-Gibson-Marks will be sentenced on Friday, having pleaded guilty on Tuesday to theft of EC$21,925, and the abuse of authority in office as Registrar of the High Court.
Director of Public Prosecution Colin Williams 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 had pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted bail with one surety when she appeared in court on Aug. 21, three months after Attorney-General Judith Jones-Morgan asked her to resign.
She had appeared in court less than 24 hours after returning to St. Vincent for the first time since she left about 90 minutes after her resignation.
There have been reports that some EC$300,000 from an account that Gibson-Marks held in trust was unaccounted for.
Reports say that some EC$130,000 was deposited into the account after Gibson-Marks’ resignation.
Gibson-Marks is a St. Lucia born lawyer, who is married to former Unity Labour Party senator, lawyer Ronald “Ronnie” Marks.