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Female lawyer disbarred from practicing

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Female attorney-at-law, Brenda Wardally-Beaumont has been disbarred and can no longer practice as a lawyer in Grenada.

The decision to ban Wardally-Beaumont was announced in court Tuesday by one of the sitting high court judges.

As far back as December 17, 2014, the High Court had delivered a decision that the conduct of the female lawyer should be referred to a disciplinary tribunal comprising at least two Judges of the Supreme Court for a determination whether she should be suspended from practice or struck from the Roll for professional misconduct.

According to informed sources, the recommendation to finally strike out the female lawyer from the roll in the Supreme Court Registry was made by a local Legal body, headed by retired high court judge, Roslyn Wilkinson which is reviewing a number of complaints made by the public against local lawyers.

He said the Grenada Bar Association (GBA) has been officially notified about the decision against Wardally-Beaumont.

He pointed out that the sitting judge informed the court earlier in the day that a judgment which went against Wardally-Beaumont will be delivered in full on Friday during a sitting of the court.

The legal official pointed out that the final straw came in a court matter filed against the female lawyer by attorney-at-law, Alban John who was representing a client in a divorce proceedings.

He said that Wardally-Beaumont, who was representing one of the parties in the divorce collected money for the other party and did not hand it over.

“The couple was divorcing at the time and she received certain monies for the client,” he remarked.

A few years ago, an English judge Gerhard Wallbank had delivered another judgment against Wardally-Beaumont in a local court over a money issue amounting to over EC$350, 000.00 and raised concerns over her continued presence as a lawyer on the island given her conduct.

In his ruling on the Misappropriation of funds by Wardally-Beaumont, the British judge said, “This matter concerns alleged misappropriation by an Attorney-at-Law of funds belonging to a client, the Claimant.”

Walbank went on to say: “Misappropriation by an Attorney-at-Law of client funds breaches a number of fundamental principles that an Attorney-at-Law is bound to uphold. One of these is an obligation on such an Attorney-at-Law to protect a client’s money and assets. This principle goes to the heart of a Solicitor’s duty to act in the best interests of a client.

“Misappropriation of client funds can take many forms. All such forms are seriously egregious. They cause scandal, incalculable distress and anxiety to the immediate victims, and great harm to the administration of the justice system, including to public confidence in the Courts and the legal profession.”

“Misappropriation of client funds is not the preserve of the thoroughly devious, which is why instances undermine the reputation of the legal profession so profoundly – they breach the tenet around which the entire civil administration of justice revolves, that client funds are sacrosanct.”

Wardally-Beaumont is the only Grenadian attorney-at-law known to be disbarred from practicing in a local court in the past 40 years.

The legal insider also told THE NEW TODAY that the Wilkinson-led committee is reviewing the conduct of several other practicing lawyers and plan to make recommendations for the disbarment of some of them.



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“Sukie” – A repeated offender

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Controversial Dominica entertainer 36-year old Shane “Sukie Burn Brain” Edwards is once again in trouble with the law but not in his homeland.

Known by others as “Sukie”, the artiste was arrested in Grenada last weekend and charged by police with one count of Indecent Assault.

Several Dominicans are not surprised at the arrest with many describing the entertainer as a time bomb when it comes to running into trouble with the law.

One Dominican told THE NEW TODAY that “Sukie” is considered as a “repeated” offender and is not considered as “a favourite” in the country.

“He is challenged with good discipline and regularly in trouble with the law. Members of the public tried and continue to try to assist him to be a good citizen but he is not showing sign of coming around,” he said.

The Dominican also pointed to allegations surrounding Sukie of sexual misconduct on a visit to neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“There was a report where Sukie went to SVG and did the same thing as in Grenada with a 15 year old but for some strange reason was given a slap on the hand and there was no charge filed,” he remarked.

According to the Dominican resident, many have always been fearful that he will cause embarrassment to the country.

Sukie was also arrested in Dominica and charged with battery on a female and threat and was remanded in custody for the alleged offence.

However, he was given bail after a month in the lock up.

His trial for the offence of threat and battery is scheduled for a hearing in the Roseau Magistrate court on Tuesday.

Since his release in October, the artist has performed at many events around the Caribbean region.

The entertainer travelled to Grenada over the weekend to perform alongside other artistes but was picked up by Police on Friday night following a criminal complaint from a guest who was staying at the same hotel with him.

Sukie was charged on Saturday, was denied bail and could not perform at the show.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis on Monday but was again denied bail and sent to the Richmond Hill prison on Remand.

Under Grenada’s Criminal Code, the charge of “indecent assault” is a summary offence that carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.



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History & culture of the eastern Caribbean islands

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The Eastern Caribbean is a region that includes a number of small island nations and territories in the Caribbean Sea. These islands have a rich history and culture that have been shaped by a variety of influences, including African, Caribbean, European, and indigenous peoples.

The first inhabitants of the Eastern Caribbean were indigenous peoples who migrated to the region thousands of years ago. These people included the Arawaks, Caribs, and Tainos, who were skilled farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen.

The first European explorers to reach the Eastern Caribbean were the Spanish, who arrived in the region in the late 15th century. The Spanish claimed the islands for their own and began to establish settlements, plantations, and mines. However, they were soon challenged by the English, French, and Dutch, who also wanted to control the region.

The Eastern Caribbean became a battleground for these European powers, who fought over control of the islands for more than two centuries. The islands were eventually divided among the European powers, with the English, French, and Dutch each controlling a number of islands.

During this period, the islands became a melting pot of cultures, with African slaves brought to the region to work on the plantations, and Europeans, Africans, and indigenous peoples mixing and intermingling. This led to the development of a unique culture and identity for the Eastern Caribbean, which is still evident today.

Today, the Eastern Caribbean is a diverse and vibrant region with a rich history and culture. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches, stunning natural scenery, and vibrant music and dance traditions. The region also has a thriving tourism industry, with many visitors coming to the islands to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Eastern Caribbean.

In addition to its rich history and culture, the Eastern Caribbean is also known for its natural beauty. The islands are home to a variety of landscapes, including white sandy beaches, lush rainforests, and mountains. The region is also home to a number of protected areas and national parks, which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many species that are found nowhere else in the world.

The Eastern Caribbean is also an important economic region, with many of the islands relying on tourism as a major source of income. The region is also known for its production of spices, particularly nutmeg, which is one of the main exports of the region. In addition, the islands are home to a number of small-scale industries, including fishing, agriculture, and manufacturing.

The Eastern Caribbean is also a popular destination for sailors, with many of the islands offering excellent sailing conditions and a number of marinas and yacht clubs. The region is also home to a number of major sailing events, including the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and the Caribbean 600 race.

Overall, the Eastern Caribbean is a fascinating and diverse region with a rich history, culture, and natural beauty. The islands offer a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, from relaxing on beautiful beaches to exploring the region’s vibrant culture and history.

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Dominican Entertainer Jailed for Six Months

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A Dominican entertainer has been sentenced to six months in prison here, on a conviction of two counts of indecent assault.

Chief Magistrate, Teddy St. Louis sent Shane Edwards, aka, Sunkie to jail today, Friday December 2 after he was arrested on Saturday for inappropriately touching a female.

Edwards, 36, an entertainer from Roseau Dominica was in Grenada to perform at a show last Saturday evening



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