Woman on trial for firearm in luggage

Trial began Monday for Chanel Faith-Ann Ebanks, charged with importing and possessing a .45 Witness Auto pistol at Owen Roberts International Airport on May 20, 2013, without a license.

In her opening to the jury and Justice Seymour Panton, Crown Counsel Candia James said the gun was found in separate parts in a toolbox that was in a shrink-wrapped bag Ebanks had as part of her luggage. When the first gun part was found, Ebanks told officers she was assisting her fiancé by bringing his belongings home. She explained that he had undergone treatment in Miami for a job-related injury and was coming to Cayman soon. She also told officers she had seen firearms in his apartment and she believed he had a firearms license in the U.S.

Ms. James said DNA on a part of the gun compared with Ebanks’s DNA profile to the ratio of one in 850 million; on another part of the gun, the chances of a match were one in 2,200.

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