Alec Bunbury, who is the widower of former magistrate Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury said he blames political ‘injustice’ for the death of his 46-year-old wife.
Rosan-Bunbury died at a hospital in the United Kingdom on December 31 last year after her battle with breast cancer.
Her body was laid to rest at the Greenland Cemetery following a funeral service at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola yesterday.
“The cancer that killed her is not the cancer she died from. It’s the injustice done against her. She took it to heart,” said the grieving widower while speaking in earshot of Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and other government ministers at the funeral.
“Her cry for justice and her fight for justice consumed her life and destroyed our family. She was hurt beyond words could explain. I watched my gentle rose wither in grief before my eyes; unable to do anything to stop her pain, and death finally creep in and took her away.”
Former magistrate was interdicted
Back in 2015 when Rosan-Bunbury was campaigning as a Territorial At-Large candidate for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), the now-deceased woman claimed that the Premier Smith-led government victimized her.
The former magistrate was interdicted after being accused of misconduct and insubordination.
While she was alive, Rosan-Bunbury claimed her interdiction was a polictical ploy. An Appeals Tribunal reportedly overturned her interdiction but the government is being accused of hiding the case from the public’s eye.
Painful to see her cry
While offering the ‘Remembrance’ address at his wife’s funeral, Bunbury said ‘hate, envy and jealousy’ put an abrupt end to Rosan-Bunbury’s career.
“It was very painful at times to see her cry. She cried a lot and I cry with her too. At times the anguish was heart-wrenching to see her in pain. I felt helpless watching her in tears.”
He said seven years of his 14-year marriage were spent trying to get justice for his now-deceased wife.
“All she wanted was a public acknowledgement of her innocence to clear her name and reputation, so she could move on with her life,” he said.
“I am in possession of these documents to support my statement [that the allegations against her were dismissed].”
Not too late to right a wrong
The grieving widower further called on the powers that be to right the wrong.
“It’s never too late to acknowledge and correct our mistakes. I pray that through divine intervention, this message would impact our hearts and make us reconsider our position on issues of faith and morality and do what is right in the eyes of God. Charmaine should not have died fighting for justice,” he stated.
Politicians that attended yesterday’s funeral include Premier Smith, Minister for Health Ronnie Skelton, Junior Minister for Tourism Archibald Christian, as well as members of the parliamentary opposition Andrew Fahie, and Julian Fraser.
Rosan-Bunbury graduated with honours at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2000. One year later, she completed her legal education at the University of North Umbria which is also in the UK.
In 2002, she was appointed Crown Counsel in the BVI.
She served as a Notary Public and created history when she was appointed as the first British Virgin Islander to hold the post of full-time magistrate.
Following her stint as a magistrate, she operated in her own firm (Rosan Law) and in 2015 ran unsuccessfully in the general election.
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