Arguing that it does not speak well for the BVI’s justice system, Magistrate Shawn Innocent has ordered that a government employee who was charged with two counts of forgery in 2016, be finally subpoenaed to court.
The court was told that although a summons was prepared, it was never served to the accused Lester Smith, a resident of East End.
Smith allegedly forged two sets of documents – one involving a vehicle, and another to the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs.
He was charged with two counts of uttering forged documents on September 25 two years ago.
Magistrate Innocent, in the meantime, said the accused man may still be on the government’s payroll though he has criminal charges pending against him.
“I’m not here to ruffle any feathers,” said Magistrate Innocent, who was only recently appointed to the role of a full-time magistrate for the BVI.
“… Just do what must be done,” he told prosecutors in court on Monday when Smith’s name was again scheduled on the court’s list.
Smith’s matter has appeared on the scheduled court’s list on a number of occasions but always had to be adjourned because a summons was never served.
The accused man’s matter has now been adjourned to September 21.
Under the territory’s forgery laws, a person faces several years to life in prison if found guilty of this offence.
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