Michaella appeal falls short of target

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid

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AN APPEAL fund set up to cover the cost of legal fees incurred by the family of suspected drug mule Michaella McCollum Connolly has only attracted around £500 in donations.

The family who launched the appeal recently are hoping to raise around £20,000 to pay for the massive legal bill which they will face.

Michaella from Dungannon and her co-accused Melissa Reid from Lenzie, near Glasgow, are currently being held in Lima’s notorious Virgen de Fatima prison where they are awaiting trial.

The pair were caught with round £1.5m worth of cocaine in their luggage at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport on August 5.

Michaella is represented by Peter Madden from Madden and Finucane international law firm.