Bottle of rum stolen a 2nd time from Magistrates’ Court and could cost alleged thief her job


A cleaner at the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court has been detained and taken into custody on suspicion of the larceny of a bottle of rum.

A source says the bottle fell from the woman’s clothing and shattered on the floor when the cleaner bumped into her supervisor as they were cleaning the lobby.

According to the source, the bottle of alcohol had been left in the courtroom following a case heard on Monday, January 30, when a man was convicted and fined for stealing the item from the Perry Bay Supermarket.

A restitution order had been made for the bottle of rum to be returned to the supermarket; however, at the time, the investigator responsible for taking it back had already left the precincts of the court.

The bottle would have been handed over to him the following day, Tuesday, to complete the court’s order.

The source says that, just after the bottle broke, Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh arrived at work and saw the broken bits of brown glass.  She immediately remembered that a similar bottle had been left inside her courtroom and instructed her clerk to check on it.

Reports say the clerk returned with the news that the bottle of rum was missing.

An attempt was made to question the cleaner, but she had already left the compound – reportedly after hurrying to clean up the mess left by the broken rum bottle.

According to the source, a police officer stationed at the court was instructed to call the cleaner and instruct her to return immediately.

When the woman arrived and was questioned about the alcoholic beverage, she claimed she had brought the bottle from her home.

After realizing that the authorities were not accepting her story, the cleaner reportedly offered a second explanation: this time, stating that she had seen the bottle in the courtroom and had moved it to clean the area.

However, she could not explain why she had taken it from the courtroom after cleaning and what it was doing in her clothes.

The source says the woman would not accept responsibility for stealing the bottle of alcohol.  Neither would she offer to pay the $10 at which it was valued, since, because of the restitution order, it meant that the supermarket had to be compensated for the broken item.

The sergeant stationed at the courthouse subsequently took the woman into custody and transported her to the police station.

Reportedly, the chief magistrate no longer wants the woman working at the court, since, allegedly, for several months, things have been going missing – including items left in the refrigerator by members of staff.


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  1. Sad, individuals are so blind, not realising that the devil it at work, that same story can be twisted, also, much compassion is really needed for persons these days. We have not seen any charge to those corruptors that have the whole world under lock downs between 2020 to 2022. Many persons, still learning to cope with the disaster, also, many secrets sins are hidden, but, skirts will be uncover and God will judge. One thing for sure, I always have compassion and always think the way out is to give chances so that my latter days would be great.

  2. We must never be quick to judge others, now Adays, lie go before truth, before publishing, know the details, we must not be quick to bring others down, every body need somebody and we must stand in the gap in prayers for others.

  3. This had to be a “REAL NEWS” story. Piss poor “journalism”

  4. Wow!!
    A bottle of rum valued at $10.00!!
    You stealing rum ????
    I think the problem is..
    You have sticky fingers!!
    I’m not judging, I’m commenting on the story itself😯

  5. It is very easy to judge others. Judge not,unless you would want to be Judged.Many of you would not want to be Judged.You never know what would be found hidden under the Carpets of your lives.

  6. Let the woman go, she was thirsty for some water to drink but pipe lock off. Let lawyer foot the bill for replacement o$ the paltry bottle of rum, it was his negligence. 👋

  7. It’sad but you’re right. It should have been better dealt with. Get to the root of the seemingly recurring problem without putting her out of a job. Sometimes people need to numb the pain they are going through. An emphatic ear would have been reassuring.

  8. The woman fu DNA
    Might a go sidung.
    She so dam stupid.
    Lovell is better off than you in every way you can think a bout.
    You ma ready yet.
    He is happy where he is

    But if you have a conchance it going eat you out till you dead.
    You gal you need Jesus.
    You are the devil imps
    Go pray.

  9. What type of a Rum was that,costing $10.00 per bottle. The Rums I bring back from Antigua to give my friends cost $90 EC, per bottle.

  10. When Antiguans stop condoning crime, this country will be better. Why did she stole the bottle of rum and why are all these negative comments?. Two wrong don’t make it right. Same thing with the two mask men who terrorized Clare Hall Secondary school. Supposed they were shot and killed, they would not be blaming the mask men whether teenagers or not. They would put the blame on who shot them. This country is funny

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