Monday 2 March 2015

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
BANGED UP ABROAD: Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid on their way to court in Lima. Photo: Splash News
Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives at court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao
Michaella McCollum Connolly, cuffed, arrives at court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao December 17, 2013
Melissa Reid, of Britain, right, and Irish-born Michaella McCollum, back, both handcuffed, arrive for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Reid and McCollum were detained on Aug. 6 at Lima's airport for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine on a flight to Spain and were formally charged for drug trafficking. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Melissa Reid, of Britain, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Reid along with Irish-born Michaella McCollum, were detained on Aug. 6 at Lima's airport for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine on a flight to Spain and were formally charged for drug trafficking. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly (L) and Melissa Reid (R) leave the court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao December 17, 2013. McCollum Connolly, of Dungannon in Northern Ireland, and Reid, from near Glasgow in Scotland, were sentenced to six years and eight months each in prison for smuggling cocaine out of Peru, according to their lawyer. The women were arrested at Lima airport in August after 11 kg (24 lb) of cocaine worth 1.5 million pounds ($2.3 million) was found in their luggage, according to authorities. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
WILD SUMMER: Michaella McCollum Connolly, who is being held in Peru as an alleged drug smuggler, worked in a nightclub in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum Connolly
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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