Friday 28 October 2016

Evil killer Pacteau to appeal jail sentence for Karen's murder

Alexander Pacteau murdered Karen Buckley
Alexander Pacteau murdered Karen Buckley

Evil killer Alexander Pacteau (21) is to challenge the minimum 23-year prison term he received for the brutal murder of Irish nurse Karen Buckley (24).

Pacteau received a mandatory life sentence in Glasgow High Court last week and was told he would have to serve a minimum of 23 years in prison before he could apply for parole.

Justice Lady Rae told the former grammar schoolboy the murder was both "callous and calculating".

She also noted that, in one social services report after he had pleaded guilty to Karen's murder, he never once used phrases like 'sorry', 'remorse' or 'regret'.

The Herald has learned that Pacteau will now appeal the severity of the 23-year minimum prison term.

The Judicial Office for Scotland last night confirmed the legal move.

"Alexander Pacteau lodged a notice of intention to appeal against sentence on September 16, 2015," a spokesperson confirmed.

Pacteau had two weeks from his sentencing date of September 8 to signal an appeal.

It is understood the challenge will be based on precisely how much consideration the trial judge gave in sentencing to Pacteau's actions after he had bludgeoned the Mourneabbey, Co Cork, student to death.

Pacteau attacked the University of Limerick nurse just minutes after he had offered her a lift home when she left 'The Sanctuary' nightclub in Glasgow at 1am on April 12.

He bludgeoned Karen to death in his Ford Focus car with a heavy spanner.

The violence of the attack, which involved 13 blows to the head, was so great the imprint of the spanner head was left in her skull.

However, Pacteau later tried to cover his tracks by dissolving Karen's body first in a bath and then a barrel of caustic soda.

He also offered Police Scotland, who had traced him within 36 hours of Karen's disappearance, three different stories over what happened.


Pacteau's legal team argued that, because the Crown prosecution service did not proceed with a charge of defeating the ends of justice after his murder plea, the actions after Karen's killing could not be taken as an aggravating factor in sentencing.

The prosecution disputed this, given that Pacteau's actions in trying to destroy Karen's body were included in an agreed trial narrative.

Justice Lady Rae imposed a 25-year prison term but reduced it by two years in light of Pacteau's guilty plea, his age and his lack of previous violent convictions.

Pacteau had been expected to serve his lengthy sentence at Barlinnie Prison in the east of Glasgow. However, he will now be transferred to the recently refurbished Shotts Prison in Lanarkshire.

The transfer sparked outrage after it emerged Pacteau will enjoy satellite TV, computer games and a high-tech gym.

Karen's heartbroken parents, John (62) and Marian (61) Buckley, described Pacteau as "a cowardly, evil murderer".

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