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'Peru 2' may soon be one as Reid's parents pay to bring her home

Reid’s parents have reportedly paid £3,500 so she can apply for a prison transfer and serve her sentence in Scotland, leaving her Northern Irish friend behind in Peru.

Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly.
Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly.
Image: Karel Navarro Pando/AP/PA

NORTHERN IRISH WOMAN Michaella McCollum Connolly may soon be left in a Peruvian prison by herself if a bid by her friend’s parents to get their daughter brought back to Scotland is successful.

A number of newspapers in the UK have reported that Melissa Reid’s parents stumped up £3,500 of a fine so she could apply for a prison transfer agreement.

The Daily Mail reports her parents have made a formal request to the Foreign Office in Britain to begin the transfer process so she can serve the remainder of her six-year sentence at Cornton Vale women’s prison in Scotland.

Reid’s father Billy told the Mirror: “We’re in the hands of the authorities but we are hopeful it will go ahead.”

“The prospect of being transferred is the light at the end of the tunnel”.

In December, the two women were sentenced to six years and eight months in jail. They were arrested in August attempting to leave Lima for Spain and some 11.5kg of cocaine was found hidden in food packets in their luggage.

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