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'The injustice, not cancer, killed Charmaine R. Rosan Bunbury'- Husband

- sister Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones has vowed to continue the fight for justice
According to Mr Alec G. Bunbury Snr, left, the husband of the late magistrate and political activist Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, it was injustice meted to his wife, not cancer, that killed her. Photo: Facebook
Former magistrate and Attorney Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, 46, died on December 31, 2017 at a United Kingdom hospital, months after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: VINO/File
Former magistrate and Attorney Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, 46, died on December 31, 2017 at a United Kingdom hospital, months after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: VINO/File
Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones aka ‘Cindy’, sister of late magistrate and political activist Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, has vowed to continue the fight for justice. Photo: Team of Reporters
Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones aka ‘Cindy’, sister of late magistrate and political activist Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, has vowed to continue the fight for justice. Photo: Team of Reporters
The funeral service for Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The funeral service for Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), centre, at the funeral of late magistrate, attorney and VIP political candidate, Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury. Photo: Team of Reporters
Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), centre, at the funeral of late magistrate, attorney and VIP political candidate, Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury. Photo: Team of Reporters
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), right, at the funeral service for Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), right, at the funeral service for Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The late magistrate and political activist Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was interred at the Greenland Cemetery in Long Look, Tortola, on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The late magistrate and political activist Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was interred at the Greenland Cemetery in Long Look, Tortola, on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Order of Service for the funeral held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Order of Service for the funeral held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola on February 11, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former magistrate and Attorney Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, 46, died on December 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former magistrate and Attorney Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, 46, died on December 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI- It was a time of mourning but the hurt that ran deep due to the alleged injustice meted out to late magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was hard to ignore, especially by her husband Alec G. Bunbury Snr and sister Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones aka ‘Cindy’, at her funeral on February 11, 2018.

The funeral service was held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola and burial at the Greenland Cemetery in Long Look.

Rosan-Bunbury, 46, died on December 31, 2017 at a United Kingdom hospital, months after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The ‘injustice’

Reflecting on the life of his late wife, Mr Bunbury Snr blamed the Crown for destroying his family and eventually killing his wife as he said the firing of Rosan-Bunbury as a magistrate and then refusal to have her re-instated after a tribunal recommended her re-instatement hurt her to the core.

This news site had reported on April 14, 2014 that Mrs Rosan-Bunbury was waiting to be reinstated to the magistracy two years after a tribunal found no wrongdoing on her part.

Mrs Rosan-Bunbury had stated at the time that a tribunal sat on April 18, 2012 to determine the charges levied against her by the Crown and which caused her to be interdicted from duty. She said that the charges of insubordination to the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, former Magistrate Valerie Stephens-Gordon and Permanent Secretary, David D. Archer were dismissed. The Attorney General decided to withdraw and not pursue the accusations of insubordination.

“A number of other charges were; however, substituted and leveled against me which the tribunal decided on. But the tribunal concluded that I had done nothing to justify my removal from Office. The tribunal ended my interdiction and directed my immediate return to the Office of Magistrate. This decision of the tribunal of which the Governor was informed was made since May 14, 2012,” Mrs Rosan-Bunbury had said at the time.

Shocked & horrified

Mr Bunbury Snr, during his 'reflections', said her life thereafter was consumed with seeking justice to clear her name and to move on with her career.

“It was very painful at times to see her cry, she cried a lot and I cried with her too. At times the anguish was heartwrenching to see her in pain. I felt helpless watching her in tears. I encourage her to seek counselling, but she was very private,” he said, adding that his wife’s death was an accumulation of seven years of crisis that was very traumatic.

He related that six months after giving birth to her youngest child, Rosan-Bunbury was interdicted and subsequently terminated from the magistracy for reasons that did not exist.

“She was shocked and horrified over the injustice done against her. Bewildered by the hostile behaviour, she struggled to regain her buoyancy. She was very depressed. It wore her out mentally, emotionally and psychologically, culminating in the destruction of her health. I watched my gentle rose wither in grief before my eyes, unable to do anything to stop her pain and death finally crept in and took her away.”

Justice should never die

The grieving husband recalled painfully that over seven years of their fourteen years of marriage was spent trying to get justice. He said all Mrs Rosan-Bunbury wanted was a public acknowledgement of her innocence to clear her name and reputation, so she could move on with her life.

“She was contemplating moving to another jurisdiction to continue her career as a judge, but her reputation was seriously damaged. She was exonerated by the tribunal. The powers to be was dissatisfied with the decision of the tribunal, they tried to influence the tribunal to change its decision but was unsuccessful. Unable to have the decision of the tribunal change, they kept the decision of the tribunal a secret, after which they wrote my wife Informing her that they were ready to terminate her service because they have found her guilty, and she should give them reasons why her service should not be terminated. I am in possession of these documents to support my statement.”

Turning to those who played a part in her interdiction and refusal to have her re-instated as a magistrate, Mr Bunbury Snr had some strong words for them.

“You have no idea of the damage you have done to my wife and the pain and suffering you have caused this family. Charmaine is dead, but justice should never die, and justice should be served.”

‘Injustice killed Charmaine’

Mr Bunbury Snr continued that his wife should not have died fighting for justice as it was a matter that called for moral and dignified people to do what was just in the eyes of God.

“The cancer that kill her is not the cancer she died from. It’s the injustice done against her, she took it to heart. I was there with her through it all. I knew her pain because I felt it too, our family felt it and even more now affected by it. Her cry for justice and her fight for justice consumed her life and destroyed our family.

“She was hurt beyond words could explain. A young woman, full of hope and optimism, rich in potentials, had her name maligned and career abruptly ended in the judiciary, due to hate, envy and jealousy. An innocent woman and a perfect family destroyed, her little children left to grow without the love of their mom and her steady hands that guided them.”

Betrayed by a country she was taught to love

Rosan-Jones described her late sister as a patriot and someone who stood firmly on principle, justice and equality.

She also spoke of the early struggles of Rosan-Bunbury after joining the Attorney General Chambers on her return from law school and her determination to persevere. Rosan-Jones also credited prominent attorney R. Dancia Penn for recommending Rosan-Bunbury to be the first Virgin Islander to hold the position of full time Magistrate.  

She added; however, that the position of magistrate is one of great achievement and prominence but mostly of trust, fairness, exceptional judgement and equal justice; things that were found to be lacking with the present system in the Virgin Islands.

“I have spent the better part of the past 9 years consoling my sister on the treatment that she received while in that position and that upon her departure from the position. I do not hold any ill will for anyone personally but we are sitting under a system that must be fixed.”

She added; however, that the treatment levied upon her sister was unjust, difficult for her to manage and it tore her family to shreds.

“Charmaine prided herself on being able to take care of her family, financially and emotionally. Taking away her ability to do so through her removal as Magistrate and through the victimisation levied on her law firm, crippled her. The stress was insurmountable. My sister died with a broken heart. She was emotionally bruised and battered. She felt betrayed by a country that she was taught to love, one that she did love.”

Fight for justice will continue

Rosan-Jones has vowed to continue the fight for justice for her late sister.

“My sister held her dignity and what she stood for, close to her heart. Nothing was more important to her than restoring that which was wrongfully taken away from her. It was never about the money; and it is my duty to ensure that it is restored and maintained. It is my duty to ensure and protect her legacy. 

Meanwhile, other tributes were given by R. Dancia Penn QC, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), attorney David A. Penn and business and former Permanent Secretary Julian Willock.

33 Responses to “'The injustice, not cancer, killed Charmaine R. Rosan Bunbury'- Husband”

  • Wicked (12/02/2018, 07:31) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Be at peace ..Injustice might have killed her ,but the wickedness of the people killing the island .
    • HUNTUMS GHUT WOMAN (12/02/2018, 09:42) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
      I AM SORRY THAT THIS HAPPENS BUT ONLY GOD KNOWS BEST.
      THINGS AINT WHAT IT SEEMS ALEC.STOP PRETENDING PLEASE
  • long look me come from (12/02/2018, 07:47) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Oh Lord reading this brings tears to by eyes
  • ... (12/02/2018, 08:17) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    See how the old wicked x DG suffering now God don't like ugly
  • Law Man (12/02/2018, 08:32) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am saddened by this. She was a good woman who loved her country. This is the cannibalism and tribal warfare that exists in this country. She wrote eloquently about the Injustice and corruption in the Judicial system no one else dared to touch. Those responsible will have their due reward one by one. Yahweh beholds the wickedness in the land and injustice. Rest in peace daughter of Yahweh. You are out of suffering. The good book says that we must rejoice when one dies and mourn when over is born. But this rejoicing is freedom from all this that was levied against this sister. You can't hurt her anymore!!! To her husband I say pray for those who are guilty and watch the results!
  • Agree!!! (12/02/2018, 09:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Her Husband: "it was a matter that called for moral and dignified people to do what was just in the eyes of God."

    Oh how many people are currently out here, ALIVE, and suffering from the injustice of others because of ENVY, GREED, JEALOUSY, HATE! But Jehovah God is living and as surely as he is alive the wicked will pay - some done start to pay. Avoid mocking God. For what a man sows, he will without fail reap.

    Is it truly possible that people who claim they know and love God to continually do EVIL?
  • Hmmm (12/02/2018, 09:05) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Life is not always fair. Filled with trials and tribulations. Survival depends on inner strength , spirituality and sometimes a life partner by our side as a strong support. Life is a test. That is how we grow.
    Wondering why she could not have published her vindication by the tribunal and step through the open door of a new life chapter.
    May she rest in Peace.
  • wize up (12/02/2018, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    why
  • critic (12/02/2018, 09:36) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    For all who don't know or believe, there has been corruption in all levels of society from the executive, judiciary, and legislative whether through law enforcement, the bureaucrats, judicial system. All run by the illuminati or the Freemasons, it will continue until God decide his fury has ripe. Irma was not man made nor she wouldn't be the last. In life we are thought one thing, but is expected to do another. Christ is everlasting if you believe in him all wickedness including BVI corruption at all levels will come to pass. Stay focus ppl, don't give up, don't get caught up like those who fell in line with the status quo. BVI wouldn't clean up it's act until the master say so. He has already started his work in cleaning up the BVI. Keep your eyes on the prize in his Holy name.
  • Sassy (12/02/2018, 09:42) Like (32) Dislike (12) Reply
    Unforgiveness is what killed her. Cancer feeds off of anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, depression etc. People think it’s all about getting treatment early or changing diet!

    But if you hold on to anything negative in your spirit, you will never heal!

    I am qualified to speak because I am a cancer survivor!

    You have to detox your mind, body and soul!
    • hello! (12/02/2018, 09:54) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      Same goes to the wicked souls who did her harm. They need to purge their dark minds of evil, if you can't see it a the way that is right and just, then dont count yoursel a cancer surviver because the camcer is coming back for your heart and mind.
    • @ Sassy (12/02/2018, 09:58) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      you are fake news! she was killed because of their evil so do not blame the victim
    • hello! (12/02/2018, 09:59) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Devil read your bible and understand the words of God before you empty your venom from your mouth.
    • Wrong (12/02/2018, 10:15) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      first of all there's no word called "unforgiveness" when you typed it it was highlighted in red. We act as if it's easy to more on from being destroyed, betrayed having you character assassinated, it's not it's hard almost impossible. Then to be found not guilty but never having that public acknowledgement that you did nothing wrong and because of that you were unable to earn a living.
    • @sassy (12/02/2018, 11:22) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      I have to agree with you here. Moving along, we have to heal our emotions. We been thru a mighty lot since Irma. I think she came to teach us that we have absolutely no control. We cannot control others, the way they threat us, and on and on. But we can control how we respond to the trauma of Irma, potential quakes/tsnami, our workplaces, raising our children on and on.
    • agreed (12/02/2018, 12:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cancer is an illness that is incubated by stress. Holding on to grievance is disease producing to yourself. I have had many hardships but give thanks for them because they have opened doors to new beginnings and made me the person I am today.I LUV ME!
      • hello! (12/02/2018, 16:00) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        to agree, that is no excuse for injustice, hate,envy etc. Foundation of God thrown is justice, read your bible, get the demons out of you.
  • I BORN HERE (12/02/2018, 09:53) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Since the NDP came to power 2011 they have long victimized locals especially indigenous BVIslanders.
    The list is long from Patrick Harrigan, to Wade Tobin to Anna Rabsatt, K. Fraser, J Willock, O Maynard, L Hodge-Smith, Claude Cline, Charles Forbes, and I could go on and on and on. (most recently Al Hendly whose father served this country)

    This NDP government is wicked and they had the support of the former DG and bow tie to carry out their wickedness and genocide against we the locals of this country.

    But just know payback is a bitch and what does not catch them including two nasty politicians who also pushed some of this they not even form here, god will make them pay or their children suffer. Mark my works.
    Wickedness needs to be out of style in such a small society!!!!!

    The hurricanes was a warning to stop, but sadly it never worked the wickedness continues
  • ExH... (12/02/2018, 09:55) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was also victimised by former employers but that did not get the best of me. I continue to pray to Almighty God for justice. Today I see those same Employers suffering from all kinds of ailments regarding their health. I do not rejoice about that because sickness is for everyone, but God does not sleep. You do not take advantage of people who have been loyal to you and your work, you will get what you deserve
    • life (12/02/2018, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      To live is to experience disappointments, setbacks,illness and much more. Only you and you alone can overcome and continue to the next struggle.
      No blame for the failure to overcome but yourself. It is easier to live when we accept responsibility, learn and grow. That is life's purpose.
  • jesus is lord (12/02/2018, 11:12) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    i will say it again.... we need Jesus we need to come down from our pumps and pride and stop treating people like animals..what you sow is what you usually reap..God is the judge we need to stop playing God!and repent and turn to God before we die and goes to hell theres no repentance in the grave.
  • Each Day (12/02/2018, 14:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not a day goes by that I am not amazed at the juvenile mentality of adult BVI islanders and coupled with their Christian Doctrine when convenient, blame is like childs play of toddlers.
    Grow up people!
    I am trying but for the life of me cannot figure what would have happened had Atty Bunbury lost her case.
    Bizarre.





    Wonder what would have happened igStty 8
    • @each day (12/02/2018, 18:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you clearly need to have your head examine, if Rosan-Bunbury lost her matter before the court, it simple mean there is no more need for court. close it down and street justice will become the order of the day. An eye for an eye.
  • Foriegn (12/02/2018, 21:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always knew something was wrong.. This place is full of wicked people. Bad minded people, People who rejoice at others down fall, opperssors, People who find pleasure in taking bread out of each others mouth... yes their basket full and running over, but don't want to see yours with one grain of wheat..... I always knew some thing was not right. Aren't no pleasure in wickedness. Greed, jealousy, envy,witchcraft, back biters, nay sayers, take over from thé pulpit to the pew. Pure wickedness in high places....It is only a few Good hearted God fearing people in this place why it has not been complètely perish... Jehovah is not please of the wickedness in this land at all. And it only take a matter of time..He that have an ear let them hear.. Yes i knew it. How can a country prosper? How ? It is clean up time and God is about to reveal to mankind who is in charge. And aren't no devil in hell can stop it. To the family of the late former magistrate Charmain rest assuré keep the faith God have everything under control.
  • Hmmm (12/02/2018, 23:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    These are some tall statements being made here but my objective is not to judge or criticize. I simply want to remind the family that the only way to overcome hate is by showing love. Bitterness is a monster which will destroy even the innocent, if one is not careful. When these situations arise, we need to trust God and leave all things in his hands. He sees and knows all things. He does not have to assume or accept reports and opinions from anyone. He is capable of dealing with the matter. He is God. His judgements are pure and righteous. There is no need to let these things kill you! Mr. Bunbury, please do yourself a favour and forgive those whom you think hurt your wife. Always remember the forgiveness is more for you, than the people who hurt you. It brings wholeness and healing to you! It prevents bitterness, decay and sickness in you! I encourage the Rosan family to do the same. Free yourself and live! There is no need to let life's challenges kill you! The remedy for your hurt and pain is forgiveness. Please accept my condolences.
  • Really? (14/02/2018, 22:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can't believe this shit! They stand and talk about the land that they love and then turn around and hurt a sister like this. This government makes me SICK! And to think we will be paying them for the rest of their lives, how unfortunate. I know the Rosans are hurting right now but I want them to know the shoe WILL be on the other foot. All those responsible for your sister's suffering maliciously will pay. You might not get to see them dragging on their bellies like the rats they are, but they will get theirs. No one can escape God's tribunal. Thank you for sharing her story with us.


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