Wednesday 18 October 2017

Peru Two drugs mule Michaella McCollum back in Spain, where crime was first hatched

Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum Connolly posted this pic to accompany Facebook post
Michaella McCollum arrives back in Ireland.
Michaella McCollum arriving at court in Peru in 2013
Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum after her arrest in 2013. Photo: AP Photo/Martin Mejia
Michaella McCollum Connolly during an interview with RTE
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Irish drugs mule Michaella McCollum is back in Spain and has been pictured relaxing on a beach.

McCollum (24) was jailed for three years in 2013 after she was caught trying to smuggle 11kg of cocaine, worth almost €2million, in her luggage from Lima with Scottish woman Melissa Reid.

She had travelled to South America from Ibiza where she had worked as a dancer in a bar.

McCollum was freed last March and returned to Ireland last August.

Now photos have emerged of the Co Tyrone native walking in a swimsuit on a beach in Spain - near where her crime was first hatched.

McCollum didn't appear to notice the photographer taking pictures of her as she strolled casually beside the sea. Other photos appear to show her using an outdoor shower to rinse sand off her legs.

Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police
Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police

The photos have appeared on the Daily Mail website.

Shortly after her release from prison McCollum gave an interview on RTE where she apologised for her crime.

And recently she took to Facebook where she thanked all those who had supported her since her release.

McCollum recently wrote on Facebook: "'Please know I truly appreciate each one who cared and had my back.

"Thank you for all the sweet messages I have not got reading them all just yet or got a chance to reply to them but I will definitely make a good attempt to get back to you all.

"It has been a long ride to get where I am today but it just shows that when we fight hard enough for something we can achieve it.

"Something to have in mind when one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

She has also been posting photos of herself in Marbella on Instagram.

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