Tourist brought bullet in carry-on bag

An American tourist who accidentally brought a bullet into the Cayman Islands in his luggage escaped a criminal conviction on Tuesday.

William Tadich, 42, was stopped at Owen Roberts International Airport after security staff found a single bullet in his bag.

The court heard that Mr. Tadich was a licensed firearms owner in the U.S. and had accidentally left the bullet in his bag following a trip to the firing range several weeks earlier. He was ordered to pay $1,000 costs.

Mr. Tadich admitted a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm (ammunition) when he appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Attorney Ben Tonner, for Mr. Tadich, said the usual mandatory minimum sentences for firearms did not apply in ammunition cases.

He asked Magistrate Valdis Foldats not to register a criminal conviction against his client, saying it had been an honest mistake. He said Mr. Tadich was vice president of a marketing business in the U.S. and travelled on business up to 30 times a year.

Mr. Tonner said the bullet had been brought into the country undetected and was not noticed by security, or by his client, until he attempted to leave the island.

“This is not the first time an American tourist has negotiated security in the U.S. and in the Cayman Islands with a bullet in his bag,” he said.

Magistrate Foldats said he accepted that it had been an accident and agreed not to record a criminal conviction.

He warned Mr. Tadich it was his responsibility to check the laws of any country he was travelling to and ensure he complied.

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