Michaella McCollum faces six-month investigation if guilty plea not accepted

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perutwoTyrone woman Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid from Scotland could face a six-month investigation if their guilty pleas for drug smuggling are not accepted by prosecutors in Peru.
The state’s lead prosecutor in the case made the comment after the pair appeared in court last night.
He didn’t give details of the private hearing but suggested the women’s confessions haven’t yet satisfied prosecutors.
The girls had hoped that their guilty plea would guarantee them a faster trial and a shorter jail term.
Juan Mendoza made the comments after the women, both 20, made a second appearance before a judge.
He did not give details of the private hearing but suggested the women’s confessions had not yet satisfied prosecutors.
Last week McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, and co-accused Reid, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to drug smuggling. They had hoped the behind-closed-doors admission would be enough to secure a shorter sentence.
But prosecutors have demanded more information before accepting their admissions of guilt which the women hope will bring their jail time down to six years and eight months.
Mr Mendoza, speaking to The Associated Press, would not discuss whether the women had explained to them how they got the cocaine, or who it was from.
McCollum and Reid initially claimed they were kidnapped, held at gunpoint and forced to board a flight from Lima to Spain with 24lb of cocaine in food packets hidden inside their luggage when they were arrested.


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