Thursday 27 October 2016

Karen to be laid to rest on Tuesday as murder suspect back before court


THE body of tragic student Karen Buckley is being returned to her family today ahead of her funeral on Tuesday afternoon.

The news of her funeral arrangements came as the man accused of her murder, Alexander Pacteau (21), appeared for a second time before Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Pacteau, a company director, is charged with the Cork woman's murder on April 12.

It is alleged the murder was carried out at a flat in the Dorchester Avenue area of Glasgow and other areas.

Court documents allege that Pacteau "compressed (the) neck" of Karen Buckley.

It is also claimed that he struck her "repeatedly" on the head with a "spanner or a similar object".

He faces a second charge of attempting to divert the ends of justice relating to his alleged actions over April 12/13.

In a private hearing Pacteau was remanded in custody.

No formal plea has been entered so far by the defendant and it is expected he will stand trial later this year.

A second post mortem - requested by Pacteau who exercised his right under Scottish Law - was carried out yesterday.

The request delayed the release of Karen's body which is expected back in Cork today.

There will be a wake for Karen in O'Connell's Funeral Home in Mallow on Monday evening.

Her funeral will be in the Church of St Michael the Archangel at 2pm on Tuesday.

Karen's death notice says she will be sadly missed by her "heartbroken" family.

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