Visitor will remember ‘expensive bullet’

Court imposes costs of $1,000

An American visitor appeared in Summary Court Wednesday after being stopped at Owen Roberts International Airport the previous day when a bullet was found in his luggage.

After pleading guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm, he told the court that the presence of a .38 round of ammunition in his bag was a sheer accident. He said he would never do anything to jeopardize his career and could lose his professional designation if he received a conviction. He did not specify what that designation was.

After hearing that the defendant had a concealed weapon permit in his home state and other details, Magistrate Grace Donalds said she would not record a conviction against him. However, she ordered that he pay prosecution costs of $1,000 or serve two months in default.

The defendant, 30, said he would pay that day.

“That was a very expensive bullet,” he said. “I’ve learned a very valuable lesson.”

Crown counsel Claire Wetton said the defendant had arrived in Cayman on April 6 and was traveling with his employer. He had been scheduled to leave on April 11 aboard a flight to Atlanta.

He approached the airport X-ray belt and placed a dark brown travel bag on it. The security guard observed what appeared to be a bullet and the bag was searched. A single round of .38 ammunition was recovered from under the soft lining in a corner of the bag. The defendant accepted ownership and said it was an oversight.

He was bailed with a cash surety to attend court the next day.

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