Castries, February 27, 2017 – Mayor of the City of Castries, His Lordship Peterson D. Francis, has sent a stern warning to vendors and tenants of the Castries Constituency Council who are tapping electricity illegally.
This comes after reports of reported illegal connection at the Vendor’s Arcade.
The Castries Mayor says he has every reason to believe that certain tenants may be sourcing electricity illegally. “This is very disappointing. As the municipality, we strongly condemn any illegal activities, including the prohibited connection of power. If any tenant is found pirating electricity, we will not hesitate to take the necessary action against them,” Mayor Francis stated.
Section 62 of the Electricity Supply Act states that if any person without legal right, the proof of which shall be upon him or her, abstracts or causes to be abstracted, or diverts or causes to be diverted, any electricity, or consumes or uses any such electricity, knowing the same to have been wrongfully or unlawfully abstracted or diverted, such person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a period not exceeding 12 months.
He further encouraged people to report any illegal connections of electricity and calls on the President of the St. Lucia Vendors Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association, Mr. Peter Isaac to ask his membership to cease from such practice.
“We will work closely with the St. Lucia Electricity Company and the police to deal with any offender,” said His Lordship.
No arrests have been made, however the matter is still being investigated.