Sehon Marshall, who Kingstown recalled from his diplomatic post in New York after he reportedly struck his wife in November 2017, has been appointed Press Secretary to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.
Marshall’s appointment as Gonsalves’ third press secretary took effect last Wednesday, May 1, about 18 months after his career in the foreign service ended abruptly amidst the wife-beating allegation.
The Gonsalves’ government recalled Marshall, who was, at the time, a counsellor at the Permanent Mission of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to the United Nations after his wife, Xandra Marshall, telephoned police in New York in November 2017 saying he had punched her in the face, splitting open her lip, at their New York home.
Police could not arrest Mr. Marshall because of his diplomatic immunity and the Gonsalves government recalled him for consultation and later accepted his resignation.
Mr. Marshall said on radio sometime after his return home that he did not hit his wife — a diplomat designate.
He, however, offered no explanation about why his wife would file such a report on him.
At the time of the incident, Mrs. Marshall was waiting to sign a contract with the government of SVG as Deputy Consul General at the New York Consulate of SVG, a position made vacant after Mr. Marshall’s transfer to the United Nations.
Mr. Marshall was first appointed a diplomat in October 2014, one month after apologising on radio for speaking disparagingly about the occupations of some Vincentians in North America.
Marshall, 44, holds a master of laws degree in climate change law and policy, a Master of Arts degree in international relations and affairs and an associate’s degree in information technology.
The former teacher was once host of the morning programme on Star FM, the radio station owned by Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party.
After his career as a diplomat ended, Marshall hosted a show, “Up Late with Sehon Marshall”, which was broadcast live on Facebook, and, most recently, “Beyond the News” on WE FM.
GlenJackson was Gonsalves’ first press secretary, serving from 2001 to March 6, 2006, when he was murdered in circumstances unrelated to his work.