Savage and barbaric. Those were the words used by Nevis trial judge, Justice Lorraine Williams, to describe Alistair Isaac, as she meted out a 38-year sentence for his crimes of rape and robbery. Isaac has been categorized as a career criminal. In addition to Justice Williams’ sentence of thirty years for rape and eight for robbery, he will also be serving 12 years for wounding and attacking another female.
During his May 2 sentencing, Isaac made a last-ditch attempt to save himself, maintaining his innocence and begging for mercy.
“I am ashamed here today standing before you for such a heinous charge,” he said. “I want to say how sorry I am to the virtual complainant. I do not think within myself that any female should have gone through what [the victim] has been through. I am aware that I was found guilty of both crimes and I am absolutely sure that I know nothing about the crime, but because of circumstances I’m found guilty.”
Apathetic to his pleas, Williams went down the laundry list of Isaac’s transgressions: “You scaled the balcony, executed the attack, used a weapon, demanded money, intimidated with a knife, and assaulted without a condom; by extension you assaulted her husband.”
Urging him to “get counseling and become a useful member of society,” the judge then sent him away. Director of Public Prosecutions Travers Sinanan commended her for essentially throwing the book at Isaac. He sees it as warning shot fired at potential sex offenders.
“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,” he 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.”
Williams is no stranger to the plight of women. She is a former Attorney General and Minister of Gender Affairs in Saint Lucia. Williams also served as President of Saint Lucia’s Bar Association. She served a stint as Assistant Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.
Nearly six months ago she returned home to St Lucia but was quickly snapped up to serve as a trial judge in St Kitts and Nevis.