Thursday 18 January 2018

Watch: Belfast woman speaks about being locked up alongside drugs mule Michaella McCollum

Sunday Life/Patricia Devlin/Mark McCormick

A Belfast woman who was freed after three years in a hellhole South American prison has told how she fled the country in fear of her life.

Drugs mule Lillian Allen - jailed for smuggling 10 kgs of cocaine in Peru in 2011 -  described how she bribed her way through airport security -  despite serving only half her sentence.

The 49-year-old grandmother, who was locked up alongside Dungannon drugs mule Michaella McCollum in Lima’s Ancon prison, was banned from leaving the South American state until 2018.

But in her first interview since skipping the country last month, the Shankill Road woman told how she believed that she had to escape or be killed.

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