MARIGOT–Vice-Prosecutor Yves Paillard said two individuals will appear in court next month to answer charges of insulting a manager at the family allowance office Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (CAF) on May 19.
The incident occurred outside the CAF office, where a queue of people were waiting to get in, including a handicapped person who was reportedly denied entry ahead of others. This prompted heated exchanges which degenerated into insults against the manager of the office on duty.
Following the Gendarmerie enquiry, the two individuals, who are also CAF beneficiaries, admitted wrongdoing according to the Prosecutor.
“In the absence of an appointment, and because the total number of persons that could be let in at any one time had been reached, giving priority to a handicapped person was not possible due to reasons of security and risk of over-crowding,” Paillard said in a press release. “The Prosecutor’s office cannot accept intimidation of this nature to be inflicted on the staff of CAF who is exercising a service to the public.”
He said the victim of the abuse has the right to claim damages under article 433-5 of the Penal Code for violation of her rights and dignity in respect to her function. He reminded that the Prosecutor’s office supports the CAF in the fight against social fraud.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/66542-two-to-appear-in-court-for-insulting-staff-at-caf-office