General — 23 July 2010 — by Aaron Humes
Miguel Herrera, sentenced to life in prison on a murder charge for the death of Mirna Figueroa, 19, in Silk Grass, Stann Creek District nearly three years ago, must serve out that sentence as he was recently denied leave to appeal to the Privy Council in London, England, U.K.
Herrera, 45, was accused of strangling Figueroa to death in September of 2007 with a strong vine known locally as “ti-tie.” He and a group of men had kidnapped her and her three-year-old son, Alejandro Gonzales, from their Silk Grass home, took her to an area off the Hopkins Road, and then raped and killed her.
Herrera allegedly ordered one of his henchmen to throw Alejandro off the now destroyed Kendal Bridge into the Sittee River to drown. The accomplice did not go through with it and instead left the child at a bus stop.
At 1:30 a.m. on September 13, 2007, Carlos Estrada of Petén, Guatemala, reported to police that he came across the child about an hour and a half earlier wandering alone on the Southern Highway between Kanantik junction and Maya King farm in the South Stann Creek area.
Herrera’s attorney is Oswald Twist.