Saturday 25 October 2014

Scottish Prison authorities to consider Peru Two application

Published 06/04/2014 | 12:10

BEST FRIENDS: Despite not knowing each other before their ordeal, Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid have become pals in prison, giving each other vital support.
BEST FRIENDS: Despite not knowing each other before their ordeal, Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid have become pals in prison, giving each other vital support.
Santa Monica women's prison in Lima, Photo: Getty Images
ACCUSED: Michaella McCollum Connolly poses in a photo taken from her Facebook page. The model yesterday came face-to-face with a judge in Peru
ACCUSED: Michaella McCollum Connolly poses in a photo taken from her Facebook page. The model yesterday came face-to-face with a judge in Peru

The Scottish prison authorities are considering an application for a transfer from 'Peru Two' prisoner Melissa Reid.

Ms Reid (20) is currently in a Peruvian jail alongside Irishwoman Michaella McCollum Connolly.

It is understood that no application has been entered on Ms McCollum Connolly's behalf.

Both women were convicted of smuggling cocaine into Peru.

They were jailed for eight years each - but their sentences were reduced on account of their early guilty pleas.

They are expected to remain in prison until April 2020.

It's understood Ms Reid's father met with the Scottish justice minister to discuss his daughter's case.

This morning, the prison authorities confirmed they were considering Ms Reid's application for a move back to Scotland where she plans to serve the remainder of her prison term.

Ms McCollum Connolly (23) is from Co Tyrone.

The two were unknown to each other before travelling to the South American country last July.

The pair reportedly told the Peruvian authorities they were working in Ibiza.

When they were arrested in Peru, the women claimed they were both kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to travel to Majorca from Ibiza.

They then claimed they were sent to Peru and forced to millions of euro worth of cocaine in their luggage.

They admitted their offences in September - but sentencing was delayed as prosecutors were not happy with the details of their confessions.

Irish Independent

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