Woman in court for Little Cayman murder charge

Magistrate refuses bail application

Elsy Patricia
Calderon De Ortega Barralga, 28, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday morning
charged with murdering Perry Steven McLaughlin in Little Cayman. 

The charge alleges
that the murder occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at #255 Gazebo Lane. 

Crown Counsel Toyin
Salako told Magistrate Grace Donalds that murder is a Category A offense,
meaning that it had to be transmitted immediately to Grand Court. She asked for
Friday, Nov. 15, as the next mention date.  

The defendant was
represented by Attorney Prathna Bodden, who applied for bail. 

Ms Salako objected.
One reason she indicated was that Barralga is not from the Cayman Islands:
“If she is released, there is a real fear she will abscond.” 

Ms Bodden agreed
that her client is not Caymanian, but went on to explain family connections.
She said Barralga has been in Cayman since 2006.The charge sheet lists her
nationality as Honduran. 

The magistrate
refused bail not only on the basis of the seriousness of the offense alleged
but also “the real likelihood that you might fail to surrender.” 

As a result,
Barralga was remanded in custody until Nov. 15.