Dungannon woman to be sentenced in Peru today

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid had sentencing delayed.
Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid had sentencing delayed.

Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum, who admitted smuggling drugs is expected to hear her fate later today in Peru.

Ms McCollum, 20, alongside her co-accused Melissa Reid, 20 from Scotland are expected to be sentenced later today for the offences.

The pair had been due to appear in court last week but their case fell foul of a court staff strike in Peru over pay and conditions.

In September, the women agreed to plead guilty in return for a reduced sentence but just days after, Peruvian prosecutors rejected their guilty pleas, requiring them to provide more information on the drugs gang behind the smuggling attempt.

Under Peruvian law anything under seven years allows foreign prisoners to do their time in their own country.

Michaella, had been living and working as a dancer in a Belfast nightclub before moving to Ibiza in the Summer, where she alleges she was forced at gunpoint to smuggle the drugs.

Both women were arrested at Lima International Airport in August after being found in possession of around £1.5m of cocaine found wrapped in parcels in their luggage.