Woman in court for Little Cayman killing

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 details that the murder occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at No. 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.