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Magistrates throws out charges against Police Sgt Marley Sebastien

- Attorney Valston M. Graham says it was ‘mind boggling’ that Sabastien was even charged for perjury without the prosecution having a transcript
The charges of Perjury and Perverting the Course of Justice made against Police Sergeant Marley Sebastien has been thrown out by Magistrate Khadeen Palmer. Photo: Team of Reporters
Attorney Valston M. Graham says it was ‘mind boggling’ that Marley Sabastian was even charged for perjury without the prosecution having a transcript. Photo: Facebook/File
Attorney Valston M. Graham says it was ‘mind boggling’ that Marley Sabastian was even charged for perjury without the prosecution having a transcript. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The charges against Police Sergeant Marley Sebastien, who was accused of lying about the involvement of another interdicted policeman who was on trial at the high court with another colleague for alleged offenses of theft and conspiracy to steal during their time of active duty, have been thrown out of the courts for want of prosecution.

The Greenland resident and Dominican native, who was also part of former Premier Andrew A. Fahie's security detail, was charged with Perjury and Perverting the Course of Justice and appeared before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer on Thursday, March 3, 2022. 

Now Magistrate Palmer has thrown out the charges, after the prosecution did not provide the transcripts to the courts.

Attorney Valston M. Graham of Veritas Law said the court had ordered the prosecution to release the transcript of the allegations, but the prosecution revealed that it did not receive the transcripts until last Thursday.  

“Which to me is mind-boggling because I, on behalf of Mr Sebastien, applied for the transcript and received the transcript on the 15th of September, so how the prosecution could not get the transcript from the registry is mind-boggling, and the Magistrate previously had issued an order that they produce the transcript, [but] they didn’t,” he added.

Case thrown out to end 'Suffering'- Attorney 

Graham said on that premise, he made an application that Mr Sebastien should not be made to suffer any more under the charges and that the matter should be dismissed, to which the Magistrate agreed.

He added, however, that by having a Preliminary Inquiry, the Office of the DPP could actually reinstitute the charges, but said it was time to bring the ‘suffering’ to an end.

Attorney Graham said the throwing out of the charges has somewhat vindicated Sebastien; however, should the charges return he said his law firm is prepared to raise a defense.

According to Mr Graham, given the charges of perjury were made in March 2022, it is further 'mind-boggling' that the prosecution only received the transcripts until recently.

"They never had the transcript, so upon what basis did they really make the charges?" he questioned. 

Our news centre will bring more details as they become available.

44 Responses to “Magistrates throws out charges against Police Sgt Marley Sebastien”

  • Sara (05/12/2022, 16:59) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    Happy for him!!!
  • jack (05/12/2022, 17:08) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    They using the legal system to go after some people be careful now
  • SFV (05/12/2022, 17:15) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congrats Friend!
  • IF ,yep , just IF (05/12/2022, 17:21) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    cold blooded killers are released back out o the streets
  • WOW (05/12/2022, 17:24) Like (28) Dislike (23) Reply
    The Head of the Force and his boss the Gov on a mission to destroy all of us of African Caribbean heritage whether local or not. BVI people wake up
    • @ wow (05/12/2022, 23:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes I love vino cartoon
    • god is watching (06/12/2022, 12:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @WOW we are selling out our own people! We are our own enemies in this place and our outside enemies are using this weapon against us! Without unity, there is no strength!

      We are jealous and have bad mind against each other; we don't like to see each other prospers, hence the result.
  • Wait a minute (05/12/2022, 17:28) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
    Only black officers are being hunted by the racist guys at the top of the force. What about the last two white commissioners. Too many rumours about them that went without any investigations. Once you are white you are right. Once you are UK you are okay.
    • Really (05/12/2022, 22:40) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Wake up they work for the elites so they won't get charged for anytime
  • x (05/12/2022, 17:30) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    Graham should be the DPP, but who am I to even make the suggestion.
  • DPP weak bad. (05/12/2022, 17:30) Like (34) Dislike (9) Reply
    Them don't feel tired and fed up of losing. They lose so often it must be embarrassing and have them questioning their ability and capabilities.
  • Popo (05/12/2022, 17:33) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    u only go jail for weed
  • To me (05/12/2022, 17:36) Like (13) Dislike (15) Reply
    The people of the BVI only look into their own people to see them fall especially their leaders. I agree leaders must be accountable but why are the people of the BVI sitting back and allowing the Commissioner of Police and his kind as well the Governor who is in charge of him and security abuse their powers and keep getting away with it. I guess it will not matter until it hits more BVI at home in their immediate family.
  • Abuse (05/12/2022, 17:42) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
    This is total abuse of power and look out for more of it if the people do not stand up for their rights. The slavery mill grinning slow but grinning still.
  • 10 4 (05/12/2022, 17:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So he was a cop years ago
  • IF, YES , JUST IF (05/12/2022, 17:59) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
  • SFV (05/12/2022, 18:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats Friend!
  • JUSTICE!! (05/12/2022, 18:17) Like (32) Dislike (14) Reply
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. JUSTICE has been served!!I will continue to keep my candles burning to defend my BVI-people against injustice by the RVIPF.
  • not nice (05/12/2022, 18:29) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply

    Good job graham win the dpp what ashame for the dpp office

    • To not nice (05/12/2022, 19:57) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
      Only the UK white will get these high-level positions in Government from here on as the Governor and Commissioner of Police hate we as they have an agenda of take over to fulfill and are using the legal system and the courts to try to accomplish their mission. What a pity.
      • Forbidden Truth (05/12/2022, 21:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Like a uk national taking over the prison. Hill gone home.Hmm
        • I love hill bad bad.. (06/12/2022, 03:07) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
          @ Forbidden fruit . I spoke out, I campaign for hill to get that Prison Job, But I'm very disappointed in his performance,, no improvement, no meaningful changes, no positive impact or influences on staff attitude..Come on Mr. Hill, quit the Bias and promote and reward fairness and hard work no matter the nationality.
    • @not nice (08/12/2022, 08:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

       Congrats Graham, for a job well done. You did a tremendous job as a police officer, magistrate n prosecutor. 

  • Dop (05/12/2022, 18:57) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    SHAME,SHAME ,SHAME ON THEM. PURE VICTIMIZATION. PLEASE SUE,SUE ,THE COP FOR UNLAWFUL ARREST, SUE THE THE DAMMM DPP FOR MALICIOUS PROSECUTIONS, unlawful emprisonnement, ,destruction of character. These people using the jamaicans kissers to destroy other officers. Divide to conquer policy.. Dominicans to the bone.
  • Run to the Press (05/12/2022, 19:36) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hold up don’t forget Ms DPP like to do her own press release so be on the look out for her she will be soon releasing some rubbish to defend her slackness. The only place that the DPP has strength is in the press as there are blogger’s anonymously waiting to pull down others

    Sir congrats, she has no shame so she will bring another complaint forward but she is accustomed of losing only going to make you reward bigger
  • homegrown (05/12/2022, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Go home to your country…..@*&% you.

  • XXL (05/12/2022, 20:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Officer sue them a*s. I remember that the mighty ddp said a couple months ago tha she is the only person who can decide who to prosecute.. she didn't say the dpp's office but in her total arrogance . Now ,the government is going to pay for her ignorance. Wasting the taxpayers .
  • keep it real (05/12/2022, 20:37) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can she have any shame at all when she can leave her Phone in a supermarket produce section. And when it was found with her picture as her profile. Was handed over to her just a few feet away. Before she say thanks for returning my I phone to me. The first words that came out of her mouth is “you should thief my phone let me lock you up”.
  • incompetent (05/12/2022, 21:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
  • de silent one (06/12/2022, 02:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That DPP is the weakest person to ever hold that office since its inception. There are a lot more cases that she'll lose and not just embarass herself but the Government and the country too. Its time for her to go
  • Justice was served! (06/12/2022, 06:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats Sebastien justice was served! Mr. Graham great job! Let the DPP take that with her FAKE case! Sue them for deformation of character. She tried to tie you up but God is GOOD, he saw you through and let you FREE!
  • Lb (06/12/2022, 08:31) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Dismissed does not mean “not guilty”!
  • 6 (06/12/2022, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (18) Reply
    Now send him back to Dominica let him serve his county
  • Read (06/12/2022, 11:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did some of you read the story?? This is the DPP screwing up, not the police. Some of you are so racist you can’t read straight through the lens of hate you have.
  • CRIMINAL COPS (08/12/2022, 03:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Bob (08/12/2022, 23:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Emancipate your selves from mental slavery, only one free our minds.
    Stop hating,see good and denounce evil .
    You are your own worst enemy’s

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