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Magistrate Bertie Pompey. (iWN file photo)
Magistrate Bertie Pompey. (iWN file photo)
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Bertie Pompey has announced his retirement from the magistracy after eight years.

“Today marks the end of my tenure as I proceed on vacation leave. After today I would not be coming back,” Pompey said on Feb. 29 at the Colonarie Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Georgetown.

Some people in the courtroom appeared to have been taken aback by the announcement.

Pompey said that his vacation leave would precede his retirement leave.

He presided over the second magisterial district, which is composed of the Colonarie, Biabou, Mesopotamia and Georgetown magistrate’s courts.

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Prosecutor, Corporal of Police Delando Charles wished the magistrate “all the best” on behalf of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and all the police officers in the district. 

“Thank you very much for your service,” Charles said. “You have served the country well and I hope that you enjoy your retirement.”

Pompey said his one regret was not being able to complete all the matters that were before him, noting that the part-heard matter would have to restart from scratch.

Pompey was appointed a magistrate on April 27, 2016, subsequent after retiring from the police force, where he served for over 30 years.

He attained the rank of assistant commissioner of police on July 21, 2004 and deputy commissioner of police on Oct. 1, 2005.

He is said to be the first police officer in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force to be promoted from inspector to assistant commissioner of police, skipping assistant superintendent of police and superintendent of police.

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