PERU DRUG MULE PARENTS THINK SENTENCE TOO HARSH – The parents of Melissa Reid feel that the sentence of 6 years and 8 months handed down by a Peruvian judge for both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly for attempting to smuggle £1.5 million worth of cocaine through Lima Airport to Spain is far too harsh.
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Meebal.com says …
Last week both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly were sentenced to 6 years and 8 months after pleading guilty to the charge of drugs smuggling. Their plea effectively avoided a much stiffer penalty of 15 years.
According to the Mail’s sources, they understand that Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly will not be eligible for a reduction on their sentence, meaning that they will serve out the entire sentence behind bars. The parents of Melissa Reid feel this is unjust as the girls will serve their best years locked up.
Melissa’s father, Billy Reid, is outraged stating that the girls didn’t instigate the crime and as first-time offenders their sentence should have been a lot lighter. Mr. Reid also went on to tell the Daily Mail that this will stigmatize Melissa for the rest of her life and she will always be known as a drug mule.
I certainly feel for the parents; after all what parent would want to face the fact that their child turned out to be a smuggler of drugs, a peddler of misery and death just to fuel their own greed.
That of course in our view is the bigger picture; the fact is that if they had managed to smuggle such a vast quantity of cocaine it would have inevitably led to the misery and deaths of others and yet this whole case appears to have been focused on garnering sympathy for both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly.
What we want people to focus on are the other aspects of this case; those in which people have come forward to tell a completely different story about Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly.
For instance, it was alleged by a few that both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly knew exactly what they were doing and indeed undertook the crime with the intent to profit from it.
It is said that they were not coerced or threatened but rather willingly undertook the task so that they too might live a champagne lifestyle.
The truth? That lies with Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly and may never come out, but we do know one clear fact; both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly were caught at Lima Airport attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine to Spain with a value of £1.5 million.
That alone should be enough and in our view smugglers of despair and death should never have the ability to plea bargain for a lighter sentence unless coercion and or duress can be fully established; which in this case it has not.
Both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly can consider themselves lucky that the judge showed leniency and dropped the sentence from 15 years to just 6 years and 8 months; of course there is still the chance they will be flown back to the UK to serve out the remainder of their time.
If this occurs it’s likely they’ll serve under a year which effectively reinforces how weak our judicial system is and furthermore the lack of justice to victims of drug abuse and addiction.
There should be no sympathy but rather elation that a judge took measures to ensure that both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly didn’t get away with their crime and furthermore locked them up to ensure, for at least the next 6 years and 8 months, they wouldn’t be peddling their misery and death.