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Monday 5 December 2016

Karen suspect charged with her murder as family eager to bring her home

Grief etched across their faces, John Buckley leans across and tenderly kisses the forehead of his wife Marian as they and their son Kieran (left) are surrounded by 800 people who turned out to show their sympathy as the family mourn their daughter Karen
Grief etched across their faces, John Buckley leans across and tenderly kisses the forehead of his wife Marian as they and their son Kieran (left) are surrounded by 800 people who turned out to show their sympathy as the family mourn their daughter Karen
A woman at the vigil wipes away tears
Karen’s mother Marian is comforted by a local woman as she becomes emotional at the service in memory of her daughter
Flowers are laid at a vigil on Georges Square in Glasgow
A candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
A candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
Flowers are laid at a candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
Flowers are laid at a candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
Flowers are laid at a candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
Flowers are laid at a candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
Flowers are laid at a candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
A candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
The Parents of Karen Buckley John and Marian and brother Kieran at a candlelight vigil on Georges square Glasgow. Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015
A candlelight vigil on Georges Square Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren 17.4.2015

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of tragic Irish student Karen Buckley in Glasgow.

Alexander Pacteau, with an address at Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow, made a brief appearance during a private hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court just after 2pm yesterday.

Pacteau was also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice - a legal term that refers to obstructing the course of justice.

The Procurator Fiscal in Glasgow (the Socttish Director of Public Prosecutions) earlier received a report regarding the 21-year-old.

Pacteau made no plea and was remanded in custody.

Tragic Cork student Karen Buckley
Tragic Cork student Karen Buckley

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Alexander Pacteau (21), from Glasgow, appeared at Glasgow sheriff court charged with the murder of Karen Buckley, and with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

"He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody. It is anticipated he will appear again next week for a further hearing."

nightclub

Karen (24) was originally from Co Cork, but had been living and studying in Glasgow since January.

She was last seen on CCTV outside the Sanctuary nightclub in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

After four days of intense searches, police uncovered human remains on a rural farm about 10km outside of Glasgow city near High Craigton farm.

The Irish Government is now liaising with the Scottish authorities over a plan to have Karen's body repatriated. The Buckley family are eager to bring Karen home to her native Mourneabbey as soon as possible for funeral arrangements.

The remains must be formally released by the Scottish Coroner and Police Scotland in consultation with the Procurator Fiscal. The Irish Consul in Edinburgh has been working with Karen's parents, John (62) and Marian (61), and the Scottish authorities over the matter.

The Buckley family have been assured that the issue will be fast-tracked to the maximum possible extent.

Under Scottish law, a second post mortem examination can sometimes be required if requested.

No second examination has been requested so far but Karen's remains cannot be released while it remains a possibility.

A Glasgow pathologist has already performed a detailed post mortem examination for Police Scotland and an exhaustive battery of forensic, DNA and toxicology tests have also been conducted.

It had initially been thought that Karen's body would not be returned to Ireland for up to two weeks. Tanaiste Joan Burton vowed that the Government will do everything possible to assist the Buckley family with arrangements.

"I want to again express my condolences to Karen's family and particularly her mother, Marian, and father, John," she said. "Anybody with children will understand that this poor family are going through every parent's worst nightmare.

"I want to confirm that the offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, my colleague Development Minister Sean Sherlock and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan are doing everything to ensure that, as far as possible, any resource which our consulate in Scotland can provide is given to the family."

Prayers were again offered for the Buckley family including Karen's brothers, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27), at Masses in Mourneabbey, Analeentha, Burnfort, Drommahane, Mallow and Donoughmore.

volunteers

Both Clyde Rovers GAA Club and Mourneabbey Ladies Football Club have been in close contact with the family to offer stewarding and volunteers for Karen's tragic final journey home.

Mourneabbey Parish and Community Councils have also offered their services to the distraught family.

Karen played Gaelic football as a teen with Mourneabbey and was a huge fan of the Cork ladies football team. Her brothers played with Clyda Rovers.

Fr Joe O'Keeffe said the community was doing everything it could to help.

"It is a very difficult time, a dreadful time for the family. But we want them to know that they are in our prayers and will remain in our prayers," he said.

"It is going to be very difficult for all of us over the coming days but we will do everything we can to help the family through it."

Prayer vigils were also staged for Karen at her former college, University of Limerick (UL), as well as in Mallow's St Mary's secondary school and Analeentha National School, which she attended until 2003.

A special memorial tribute to Karen has also been erected at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow where she had worked as a waitress in her teens.

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