DUNGANNON woman Michaella McCollum could face a six-month investigation if her guilty plea is not accepted, the Peruvian prosecutor in charge of their case has said.
Juan Mendoza made the comments after the McCollum and co-accused Melissa Reid, both 20, made a second appearance before a judge at Sarita Colonia del Callao jail, in Callao, near Lima. He did not give details of the private hearing but suggested the women’s confessions had not yet satisfied prosecutors.
Last week McCollum and Reid pleaded guilty to drug smuggling. They had hoped the behind-closed-doors admission would be enough to secure a shorter sentence.
But prosecutors have demanded more information before accepting their admissions of guilt which the women hope will bring their jail time down to six years and eight months.
Mr Mendoza, speaking to The Associated Press, would not discuss whether the women had explained to them how they got the cocaine, or who it was from.
McCollum and Reid initially claimed they were kidnapped, held at gunpoint and forced to board a flight from Lima to Spain with 24lb of cocaine in food packets hidden inside their luggage when they were arrested.
An Irish priest has said the pair are in great health as they await to hear of their fate.
Father Maurice Foley visited the pair last Saturday where he found them sitting under a parasol in a yard in the jail drinking coffee and making phone calls.