Woman pleads 
not guilty 
to murder

Trial date not yet set

Elsy Patricia Calderon De Ortega Barralga, 28, entered a plea of not guilty to murder when she appeared in Grand Court on Friday.

She is accused of murdering Perry Steven McLaughlin in Little Cayman on or about Nov. 2, 2013, at No. 255 Gazebo Lane.

When the clerk read the indictment to her, Barralga replied, “I’m not guilty.”

Crown counsel Toyin Salako and defense attorney Prathna Bodden asked for two weeks in order to arrange a trial date. Justice Charles Quin set the matter for mention again on Nov. 29 and remanded the defendant in custody until then.

Barralga, 28, first appeared in court on Nov. 6. Because murder is a charge that can be dealt with only in Grand Court, the Summary Court magistrate transmitted it immediately.

Friday was Barralga’s first appearance in the higher court.