Former Registrar of the High Court, Vanessa Tamara Gibson-Marks was on Tuesday fined EC$10,500 in connection with the theft and abuse of authority charges to which she pleaded guilty one week earlier.
Gibson-Marks last week pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of EC$21,925 and abuse of her authority as Registrar of the High Court.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Colin Williams took over and discontinued the third 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”.
District 1 Magistrate, Carla James on Tuesday morning fined Gibson-Marks EC$4,500 to be paid in one month or three months imprisonment on the theft charge.
On the abuse of authority charge, Gibson-Marks was ordered to pay EC$6,000 in three months or spend six months in jail.
Gibson-Marks had pleaded not guilty to all three 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.
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.
Gibson-Marks was represented in court by St. Lucian lawyer, Alberton Richelieu.