Michaella appeal falls short of target

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid
Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid

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.