An American woman who had been on a cruise ship that visited Grand Cayman appeared in Summary Court on Monday and elected to have charges against her dealt with in Grand Court.

Carol Ann McNeill Skorupan faces charges of possessing a .25 caliber handgun and six rounds of ammunition on Sunday, Feb. 3. The items were in a piece of luggage sent by Delta Air Lines to Grand Cayman after it did not arrive at a Florida airport on the same flight as Ms. McNeill Skorupan and her other luggage.

When she appeared in Summary Court last week, defense attorney James Stenning told the court, “She will say that never did she give instructions for the airline to send her luggage to Cayman.”

It appeared that airline personnel took it upon themselves to ship the bag to Grand Cayman, knowing that her ship – the Celebrity Silhouette – would be stopping here.

The defendant has a license to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin, where she resides, and that allowed her to go to other states with it.

A summary of her interview with authorities in Cayman indicated that she intended to keep the bag with a friend in Florida. The magistrate said if that were true, transporting a gun in the U.S. had nothing to do with the Cayman Islands.

He asked when he should schedule a preliminary inquiry, which is required to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send a matter to the Grand Court. Mr. Stenning indicated it should be as soon as possible.

The magistrate noted that a crucial piece of evidence would be from the airline.

Crown counsel Aaliyah McCarthy said all efforts had been made to obtain the necessary information, but a court order would be required to obtain documents.

The magistrate said he would put the matter to Thursday, Feb. 14. He pointed out that there was some urgency because the defendant is a foreign national and was having to stay at a hotel at her own expense.

“I’m trying to move this along as quickly as possible,” he said.

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