St. Lucian-born Nevis trial judge, Justice Lorraine Williams, has been commended by a Nevis prosecutor for her recent sentencing of a convicted rapist and robber in that country.
Alistair Isaac,33, was sentenced to 38 years in prison after he was found guilty of attacking and raping a woman (without a condom) at knife point and assaulting her husband in July 2012.
Justice William’s May 2 sentencing received backing from Nevis Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Travers Sinanan who believes that it will serve as an example to potential sex offenders.
Isaac, who was described as a career criminal by the court, was adamant that he was innocent throughout the trial. His track record with the law however spoke of something else. He is already serving a 12-year sentence for wounding and attacking another woman. His new sentence runs consecutively with that term.
Justice Lorraine Williams, according to Nevis media, appeared to be unmoved by Isaac’s claims of innocence and pleas to give him a chance.
“It’s heartening to see the judge deliver a sentence so robust that it sends a message to all would-be sex offenders and all who have committed offences,” the DPP said.
“It is heartening that this judge imposed a sentence of 38 years consecutive to the sentence that the offender is now serving of 12 years,” he further stated.
The judge had urged Isaac to seek counselling and become a useful member of society.
Justice Williams has served as attorney general, minister of legal affairs and women’s affairs and president of the Bar Association in St. Lucia. She was also an assistant director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.
Police are currently investigating two rapes which occurred here in St. Lucia in the space of five days.
The first occurred in Dennery on May 11 and involved a 21-year-old businesswoman who was also robbed by the three men who raped her while on her way from work.
The second happened just this morning (May 15), and involved a 50-60-year-old female victim who was reportedly assaulted with a stick to the vagina.