Sunday 23 October 2016

Landlord wants to sell 'horror' murder house

Alexander Pacteau’s former home in Glasgow, where he killed Karen Buckely has been dubbed ‘the house of horrors’
Alexander Pacteau’s former home in Glasgow, where he killed Karen Buckely has been dubbed ‘the house of horrors’
Karen Buckley

The property where killer Alexander Pacteau kept the body of Irish nurse Karen Buckley (24) is likely to be sold at a reduced price.

The 21-year-old hid his victim in his bedroom and tried to dispose of her body in the bathroom using caustic soda.

The revelation came as Scottish landlord Mohammed Khaliq (47), said he remains in shock over what happened at the property and would now prefer to "walk away from the flat".

Glaswegians have already dubbed the premises on Dorchester Avenue as "the house of horrors".

Pacteau last week received a life sentence with a minimum term of 23 years for the brutal murder of the young student from Mourneabbey, Co Cork.

Justice Lady Rae told Glasgow High Court that Pacteau was "callous and calculating" and had shown little or no remorse for the vicious murder.

Pacteau bludgeoned Karen to death just minutes after she left 'The Sanctuary' nightclub at 1am on April 12. Pacteau later brought her body back to his flat at Dorchester Avenue.

He placed Karen's body in a locked bedroom before he attempted to dispose of her remains by dissolving them in a bath of caustic soda.

When that didn't work, he placed her body in a 220-litre barrel full of caustic soda and stored it on an isolated farm.

Mr Khaliq only received the keys to his flat back from Police Scotland last week, with detectives having retained them for evidential purposes while the trial process continued.

"We are still in shock at Pacteau's actions," Mr Khaliq told the Daily Record. He is now discussing with his wife, Fauzia, what to do with the two-bedroom property.

"I could quite happily walk away from the flat now. I don't really want to get involved in renting the property again after this."

The Dorchester Avenue property is valued at St£117,000 (€170,000) but Mr Khaliq said he may consider selling it at a discount price.

"Pacteau didn't cause us any real problems. He never paid his rent on time but we always got it eventually," Mr Khaliq said.

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