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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'I hope that he is never released and spends every day in prison haunted by what he did' - Buckley family statement

John and Marian Buckley arrive at Glasgow High Court for the sentencing of Alexander Pacteau, who admitted to killing their 24-year-old daughter Karen Buckley
John and Marian Buckley arrive at Glasgow High Court for the sentencing of Alexander Pacteau, who admitted to killing their 24-year-old daughter Karen Buckley

"Today's life sentence will not bring our beautiful Karen back. Our little angel has been taken from us forever in the cruellest of ways.

 We mourn for her every day.  It will however ensure that women are safe from harm from the truly evil coward who took our beautiful Karen's precious life.  I hope that he is never released and spends every day in prison haunted by what he did.

"Marian and I would again like to thank the people of Scotland and Ireland, the Irish Garda and the Scottish Police and Prosecution service for all their help and support in bringing Karen's killer to justice.  We appreciate most especially those who keep us in their thoughts and prayers.

"We all want to move on and try to piece our lives back together.  We have three wonderful sons and we need to be there for each other as a family.  We would be grateful if we can now be left alone to grieve and our family's privacy be respected.

"Karen is at peace now and we know that she is in heaven looking down on us and helping us."

The family of Ms Buckley have also stated that they do not wish to be contacted by the media for further comment, and ask that you respect their wishes.

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