A charge of abstracting electricity has been brought against Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac, the President of the Saint Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association.
But Isaac has dismissed the charge as ‘malicious’, saying that it is part of a campaign by Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, to silence him for being so outspoken.
He recalled that that an earlier charge of assault that was brought against him had been dismissed.
“The guy who was fronting for them said he was no longer interested in going to court,” Isaac declared.
“I have been getting from reliable sources that the Mayor has said that he is going after me because of something I said on the air that he was very displeased about,” he told the Times.
The Vendors Association President denied the electricity theft charge and has challenged the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) to prove its case.
Isaac was charged on Tuesday and is due to appear before the courts on May 11.
According to Section 62 of the Electricity Supply Act, a person charged with electricity theft 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.