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Sunday 2 August 2015

Peru drugs bust girls: Court hearing delayed

By Claire Cromie

Published 14/08/2013 | 18:29

Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum's mother Norah McCollum and sister Samantha McCollum vist the Peru 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 arrives for her sentencing at a court 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
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly with rugby star Tommy Bowe while doing promotional work at an official Ulster Rugby event
Santa Monica female prison in Peru
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Belfast girl Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Jorge Chávez International Airport
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly with reality TV star Mark Wright at a promotional night hosted by Belfast's M Club
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of her club hostess outfits

The two girls being held in Peru for allegedly smuggling £1.5million of cocaine have had their court appearance delayed.

Northern Irish woman Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, and Scot Melissa Reid, 19, were due to appear before a court in Lima on Wednesday to hear the charges against them.

But the hearing was delayed, reportedly due to difficulties finding an interpreter to help their Peruvian lawyer.

Michael Russell, the former honorary consul of Ireland in Peru who visited the women on Tuesday, believes proceedings will begin on either Friday or Monday.

“It has to be by next Wednesday anyway by law,” he told Morning Ireland.

“They will be taken to the court… where they will be formally charged and assigned to prison.”

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