The sister of Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum, who this week was sentenced to six years and eight months in Peru for drugs smuggling has thanked the public for their support.
Michaella’s sister Stephanie posted a message on the Michaella McCollum Appeal fund page thanking everyone for supporting Michaella.
Stephanie Connolly wrote: “I would just like to thank everyone who has been supporting Michaella, it means so much to M and her family.”
Michaella and her co-accused Melissa Reid from Scotland were sentenced after agreeing to plead guilty to smuggling £1.5m of cocaine from Peru.
The women were stopped at Lima airport in August on their way to Spain carrying 24 pounds of cocaine concealed inside food packets.
Speaking during an interview on ITV’s Daybreak on Wednesday morning, Michaella’s mother Nora and sister Samantha, said they still believed Michaella was innocent, and vowed to mount a legal challenge to allow her to serve her sentence in a prison in Northern Ireland.
Samantha said: “In our opinion Michaella is innocent, in our opinion she will always be innocent.
“Michaella has never been in trouble before so this is a very big shock to us and we will all support her.”
Michaella’s sister also spoke about the family’s legal campaign
“We will be getting the legal team to try and sort all that out,” she said.
“It will be a long legal process, we will be getting Michaella home as soon as possible, so she will be back home soon.”