We represent the family of Michaella McCollum, who is currently in police detention in Peru.

Michaella has been questioned by the police and has denied involvement in any criminal offence. She will be appearing before an examining judge shortly.

Peter Madden, of Madden & Finucane, representing the family said:

“Michaella’s family are obviously shocked and distressed by the recent events but are confident that Michaella will be exonerated. The family fully support her and they are making arrangements to travel to Peru. They have contacted support groups in Lima to ensure that her current needs are met.

“I am arranging legal representation for her in Lima.

“I spoke to Michaella last night and she emphasised that she denied that she was guilty of any offence. She is well. She is not on hunger strike. She is finding it difficult to cope with the current situation, so far from home, but is optimistic.

“The family want privacy at this time and hopefully this will be respected by the press and media.”