Drugs mule Michaella McCollum has revealed how she was hounded by strangers when she was behind bars in Peru.
The convicted criminal said that two stalkers kept claiming to be her husband — with one turning up for a visit uninvited, while an inmate in the male section of her prison was granted a conjugal visit.
The 28-year-old, whose story is told in a new six-part BBC One series entitled High which starts on Monday night, served more than two years in hell-hole jail Ancón after she smuggled £1.5million worth of cocaine into the country in 2013 with Scottish accomplice Melissa Reid — and the pair were dubbed the ‘Peru Two’.
Michaella, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, said that a stranger called Caesar made bids to visit her and she had to take out a restraining order against another man called Diogo, a male prisoner, after he duped officials into believing the pair were married.
She said that the first incident was when a guard told her that she had a visitor — “your husband, Caesar” — and she refused to see him, telling the officer that he was “just some fruit loop who saw me on the TV”. But that was just the start of it.
Michaella revealed: “For the next two months Caesar made the 10-hour round trip to Ancón.
“Having people create fantasy lives goes beyond creepy when they get other people believing it. When you’re a captive audience it’s terrifying.
“My only consolation was that as long as Caesar was on the outside, I was safe. He wasn’t getting past security.”
But she said that another man called Diogo was even “more persistent” after first sending letters and then having a woman bring in a painting of flowers with Michaella’s name on it.
She explained: “Over the next four months I encountered half a dozen different women who turned out to be go-betweens for this nutter. The last woman who visited me was carrying a box of kittens.”
But to make matters worse, Diogo then somehow managed to convince the prison social worker that he was Michaella’s husband — and was granted permission for a conjugal visit.
The trafficker, now mum to twin boys Rafael and Rio, said jail staff had been hoodwinked after Diogo showed them pictures of Michaella he kept in his wallet, which he had got from the internet.
She added: “In the end they forced me to take out a restraining order on Diogo just to keep him from suing the prison.”
Michaella re-released her memoirs last week, renaming her book High — the same title as the documentary series which begins on BBC One at 10.35pm on Monday.
In them she also boasted about getting her hands on a contraband mobile phone smuggled into jail that she and other lags would share to take selfies and make secret calls home.