Friday 19 January 2018

Drugs mule Michaela McCollum Connolly to serve rest of sentence in Northern Ireland

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Convicted drugs mule Michaela McCollum Connolly is likely to serve the remainder of her prison term in Northern Ireland.

Her solicitor Kevin Winters has confirmed that prison authorities in Peru have accepted a transfer request for the 20-year-old.

However, it is understood the process will take a number of months.

It is hoped Michaella will be in Northern Ireland before the end of the year.

It is not clear in which prison she will serve her sentence.

Michaella and Scottish woman Melissa Reid (22) were sentenced to six years and eight months’ imprisonment in December for attempting to smuggle 11.5kg of cocaine, worth €1.8m, on a flight from Lima to Spain.

Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly

In April, it emerged that Reid’s parents paid a €4,200 civil fine that that their daughter could submit a jail request to complete the rest of the sentence in her home country .

The Peruvian government has written to the Scottish authorities seeking clearance to let Reid complete her jail term in her home country.

The two women are currently detained at Lima's Virgen de Fatima jail where conditions are notoriously bad.

Before they pleaded guilty, both women  previously claimed that they were forced to travel to Peru to bring back drugs to Europe by Colombian gangsters who threatened them and their families if they failed to obey orders to smuggle the drugs

Michaella's family have made efforts to raise money for her legal costs with an online campaign, however, the campaign only managed to raise €5,200 of the €12,000 target.

Irish Independent

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