Judge highlights 'no remorse' from brutal murderer
EVIL killer Alexander Pacteau (21) was warned by a Scottish judge he had shown little remorse for "destroying the young life" of Irish nurse Karen Buckley (24) and leaving her family utterly devastated.
Justice Lady Rae jailed the former grammar schoolboy for a minimum of 23 years for the "dreadful" murder of the Cork nurse and student.
She told Glasgow High Court the brutal murder of Karen as she walked home alone from a nightclub on April 12 was "motiveless and truly shocking".
Justice Lady Rae also said it was "extraordinary" for Pacteau to claim that his efforts to dispose of the young woman's body in first a bath and then a barrel of caustic soda should not be an aggravating factor in deciding the length of his life sentence.
The judge also noted that, in one social services report, Pacteau never once used phrases like 'sorry', 'remorse' or 'regret' when talking about Karen's brutal killing.
The six foot four inch Pacteau remained silent throughout the 18-minute hearing.
Justice Lady Rae also noted the "tissue of lies" that Pacteau had told, including writing down a copy of his first statement to Police Scotland so he could remember his falsehoods.
"Your killing displays the actions of a callous and calculating man," she said.