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Michaella McCollum hides under hoodie after her Dungannon welcome home party

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/08/2016

Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum leaving her Dungannon home on Sunday morning
Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum leaving her Dungannon home on Sunday morning

Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum has been pictured trying to keep a low profile at the Co Tyrone family home after her arrival back in Northern Ireland.

The glamorous 23-year-old was photographed getting into a car on Sunday in Dungannon, where she had just enjoyed a homecoming party with family and friends.

Wearing a grey hoodie and with dark rings under her eyes, McCollum appeared tired.

As one man opened the silver-coloured car's door for her and another sipped coffee in the driver's seat, Michaella appeared not to be wearing any make-up.

Her dowdy appearance was in stark contrast to when the drugs mule arrived at Dublin airport on Saturday night on a flight from London, before heading back across the border.

The former dancer strutted through arrivals in a black low-cut top and fashionable camel-coloured jacket, wearing high gloss lipstick and dark eyeliner.

After three years in jail in Peru for attempting to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine out of Lima, McCollum has been in the media spotlight since her flight touched down.

But her arrival back in Ireland has sparked criticism.

DUP MLA Lord Morrow said her homecoming had resembled that of a "minor celebrity".

"The harm caused by the drugs she attempted to smuggle affects communities everywhere and that should not be forgotten," Lord Morrow said.

Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of her club hostess outfits
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
First television interview of Michaella McCollum Connolly after being released on parole from a Peruvian prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing in Lima, Peru, clutching the book 'Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know: Ten principles for spiritual and emotional fulfillment' (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives to court for her sentencing in Callao, Peru (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum, both handcuffed, arrive for a court hearing in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum, left, and Melissa Reid listen to a translator during their hearing at court in Callao, Peru (AP)
Police escort Melissa Reid, front, and Michaella McCollum to a hearing in Lima, Peru (AP)
Police escort Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid from the National Police anti-drug headquarters in Peru (AP)
Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and friend Melissa Reid in the airport after they were arrested
Michaella McCollum Connolly with rugby star Tommy Bowe while doing promotional work at an official Ulster Rugby event
Santa Monica female prison in Peru
SECRET STASH: The drugs found in food packs in the girls’ luggage
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Michaella and Melissa caught on CCTV loading bags into a car in Peru
Michaella McCollum, centre, and Melissa Reid leave the court after being sentenced in Peru.
Lawyer Peter Madden, who represents Michaella McCollum, has claimed his client has suffered from a lack of food.
Belfast solicitor Peter Madden said Michaella McCollum and co-accused Melissa Reid have been well treated by the authorities
Michaella McCollum, right, and Melissa Reid, left, were jailed in Peru last year after they admitted trying to smuggle cocaine worth 1.5 million pounds from Peru to Spain (AP)
Michaella McCollum's mother Norah McCollum and sister Samantha McCollum vist the Peru prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly with reality TV star Mark Wright at a promotional night hosted by Belfast's M Club

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