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Martin Mejia/AP/Press Association Images Melissa Reid is led to court in Peru last month.
Michaella McCollum Connolly

Michaella co-accused to plead guilty - reports

A guilty plea would ensure Melissa Reid a shorter sentence.

THE SCOTTISH WOMAN who along with Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum Connolly was charged with trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru will plead guilty in order to get a reduced sentence, according to Britain’s Mail on Sunday.

Melissa Reid, from Glasgow, was arrested with Connolly, of Dungannon in Northern Ireland, last month after being caught allegedly attempting to sneak out a total of 11 kilos of the drug.

Reid, 20, maintains that gangsters had forced her to carry the drugs, but told the newspaper she would be pleading guilty.

“I am really scared about what I am about to do but I am also relieved that there could be a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

“I’m now coming to terms with the fact I am so far away from my family. This is real.

“After a lot of thought and advice from my lawyer I am going to go in front of the judge and admit I was in possession of the drugs and that I went to Peru to pick up drugs to take to Spain — I am willing to plead guilty to that.”

But she insisted that she acted “under duress”.

If convicted the women face between eight to 15 years in jail.

According to the newspaper, the guilty plea could see Reid’s sentence cut to six years and eight months.

© AFP, 2013

Read: Michaella is “in good spirits, but very frightened for the future” – solicitor

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