prominent local businessman was killed either late Friday or early Saturday in
what local police initially believed was the first homicide ever to occur on
residents later confirmed that the tiny island had seen at least one killing
back in the 1950’s.
Perry Steven McLaughlin, 54, was believed to
have been stabbed sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. His
body was discovered early Saturday, according to Deputy Premier and Cayman Brac
and Little Cayman MLA Moses Kirkconnell.
“Perry was a life-long friend, he’s
[Premier] Alden [McLaughlin’s] second cousin,” Mr. Kirkconnell said.
“This was just an absolute shock [Saturday] morning.”
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
detained a woman Saturday in connection with the incident on suspicion of
murder. She was identified as “the partner” of the deceased Mr.
McLaughlin. Although they did not confirm Mr. McLaughlin had been stabbed,
police indicated he had been “fatally wounded.”
According to RCIPS Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks,
police in Little Cayman responded to a call from one of Mr. McLaughlin’s
employees around 7 a.m. Saturday who said he was unable to contact Mr.
Officers responded to the home and found Mr.
McLaughlin dead a short while later.
Police from Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman were
brought in to help investigate the crime scene. Little Cayman’s police force
consists of two officers and does not have the resources to investigate a
“The death is believed to be domestic in
nature,” said Chief Inspector Ebanks.
Mr. McLaughlin’s death is the fifth homicide to
occur in the Cayman Islands this year. The other four deaths all occurred on
Grand Cayman in September or October.
News of Mr. McLaughlin’s death stunned
residents of all three Cayman Islands Saturday.
Jonathan Tibbetts of Cayman Brac Power and
Light said he knew Mr. McLaughlin when he lived on Cayman Brac and also through
business associations in Little Cayman over the last decade. “Everybody knew
him. People are telling me they were having conversations with him just
yesterday, I think everybody’s reeling from it.”
Fellow Little Cayman businessman Marc Pothier
described Mr. McLaughlin as “a hard worker” and said he would be missed on the
“It’s a tragic event for sure,” Mr. Pothier
Perry McLaughlin has run various businesses on
Little Cayman over the past two decades.
He started McLaughlin Rentals in 1990 – the
first car rental business on Little Cayman – with just a few dozen people
residing on the island, which is about one mile wide.
Little Cayman’s permanent population today is
estimated at somewhere between 125-150 people, although more than 200 people,
including long-term visitors, reside there during the tourism “high season.”
Mr. McLaughlin also owned the Iguana Crossing
Liquor Store, McLaughlin property Management, McLaughlin Properties Limited and
Little Cayman Wholesale.