Man steals TV from Halcyon Hotel as payback


A John Hughes man has been fined $1599, the cost a 32″ flat screen television he nabbed from the Halcyon Cove Hotel.


Thirty-year-old Ronald Silencieux today admitted to stealing the TV from a room at the now quarantine facility “as perfect pay back” for monies owed to him.


He stole the item on the morning of January 16 when he said he went to the property “out of curiosity” and noticed a room was unlocked.


Silencieux was caught on camera leaving the property with a large black garbage bag and was later found on a beach with the item in the bag.


He told the court that sometime ago he painted a mural at the hotel but was never paid.


So on the day in question, “I was tempted to take the TV,” he said.


A representative from the resort took the stand asking Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh to discontinue the matter.


The Magistrate however fined the thief and ordered that the TV be returned.


Silencieux has until April 23 to pay the monies or he will spend 6 months in jail.

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    • That matter was not before the court.

      Strange the hotel asked the court to discontinue the matter and the magistrate still sentenced the man?

      He Hotel it seems was acknowledging that they know of the man’s claim. The prosecutor should have brought the matter to rest.

      • Great observation. Would that be done in rape cases? When the virtual complainant.. the victim.. says she no longer wants to continue, the prosecution withdraws. Hmmmm

  1. By any means necessary. Hard times hard choices . He should not have been fined so much for a tv that was bought five years ago.

  2. Dear editor, please be careful when using plural form of “money” in news report. Technically the last sentence had a context better for “money” than “monies” as the fine for the misbehavior of Mr.Silencieux.

  3. Somthing smells off with this story and definitely the Magistrates decision & amount.
    Which lawyer will step up, pro bono, for Silencieux, to bring Halcyon to court & recoup unpaid services?
    If many other service providers have outstanding invoices, maybe a class action is appropriate.

  4. So he was fine $1599 by the Court.Then he has to return the TV to that dump.If I came into Antigua and they quarantined me there.I would sue the Government for being bitten by bed bugs. It is a DUMP.

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