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Gibson-Marks pleads guilty to theft, abuse of office

Gibson-Marks pleads guilty to theft, abuse of office

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Former registrar of the High Court Tamara Gibson-Marks will return to court on Friday, October 17, when she will be sentenced on two of the three criminal charges that were brought against her.{{more}}

On Tuesday, October 7 at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, Gibson-Marks pleaded guilty to theft of $21,925 and abuse of office.

Gibson-Marks, who had initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges, however maintained her not guilty plea on the charge of false certification by a public officer.

Director of Public Prosecutions Colin Williams took over and discontinued that charge against Gibson-Marks.

The former registrar is being represented by St Lucian attorney Alberton Richelieu and Vincentian Duane Daniel.

Gibson-Marks, who was appointed High Court registrar by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission in 2008, resigned on May 21, 2014, after being asked to do so by the Attorney General, Judith Jones-Morgan.

At a press conference last month, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said Gibson-Marks had repaid a total of over $300,000, which had been withdrawn from a trust account at the St Vincent Cooperative Bank and from a mediation account of the High Court.

Proceedings to have Gibson-Marks disbarred will soon take place.

On September 22, an application by the Attorney General for Gibson-Marks to be disbarred because of improper and unprofessional conduct was upheld by Justice Esco Henry in Chambers at the High Court in Kingstown.

In the application, filed on June 5, 2014, the Attorney General gave three reasons why the former registrar should be disbarred and called on Gibson-Marks to show cause why she should not.(KW)

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