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Friday 2 December 2016

Family must wait to bring Karen Buckley home

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Marian and John Buckley
Marian and John Buckley
Karen Buckley

THE heartbroken parents of student nurse Karen Buckley (24) face an agonising 72 hour wait to see if their daughter's body will be released by the Scottish authorities.

John (62) and Marian (61) Buckley flew back to Ireland without their daughter's remains after being informed that it will be several days before a decision on the release can be made by Glasgow court officials.

The couple were reunited with their sons, Brendan (32) and Damien (27), at the family's dairy farm at Analeentha outside Mourneabbey in north Cork after they had spent a week in Glasgow with their third son, Kieran (28), to support the police's desperate search for their daughter.

They were inundated with messages of support, Mass cards and offers of assistance at their home.

Hundreds yesterday signed a special book of condolence for the Buckley family which was opened at Cork Co Council offices at Anabella in Mallow and a second book at County Hall in Cork city.

Community

Karen's parents were comforted by Parish Priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe who vowed that the community will now do everything in its power to ease the pain and suffering of the Buckley family.

"It is going to be a very difficult couple of days but the parish and the community will not be found wanting," he said.

"We will now do everything we can to support the family and help them through this ordeal."

Karen vanished from Glasgow nightclub The Sanctuary in the early hours of April 12. Her body was found on an isolated hill farm north of Glasgow on April 15.

A 21-year-old man, Alexander Pacteau, has been charged with her murder.

Under Scottish law, a second post mortem examination can be requested. Until it is clear whether such a post mortem is required, Karen's remains cannot be formally released.

The Buckley family is now being assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Consul in Edinburgh in their dealings with the Glasgow police and the authorities.

It is understood that Karen's body will not be released before Thursday at the earliest.

Sources indicated that it is possible her repatriation to Ireland could be further delayed with a funeral then unlikely before next week.

Sympathies

The Mayor of Cork, Councillor Alan Coleman, extended his deepest sympathies to the Buckley family.

"It is really beyond words what has happened. Anyone who has children will understand the terrible pain and grief that these people are going through," he said.

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