Thursday 23 November 2017

Karen's family to see killer sentenced today for murder


Karen Buckley, who was murdered by Alexander Pacteau
Karen Buckley, who was murdered by Alexander Pacteau

The parents of murdered Irish nurse Karen Buckey will today face down her evil killer as he receives a life sentence.

John (62) and Marian (61) Buckely will be in Glasgow's High Court to see the hulking 21-year-old who bludgeoned their daughter to death and then tried to dissolve her body in a barrel of caustic soda face justice.

Karen (24) was murdered on April 12 last.


Alexander Pacteau (21) faces serving the majority of his sentence in Barlinnie Prison -the largest jail in Scotland and one of the toughest prisons in Europe.

While Pacteau faces a mandatory life sentence, Justice Lady Rae will today rule on precisely how many years the former Scottish grammar schoolboy must serve in prison before he can be considered for parole.

Karen's three brothers, Damien, Brendan and Kieran - are expected to attend the sentencing.

"No words of ours can do justice to our feelings towards him. He is truly evil and we hope that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars," John Buckley previously said.

Karen left The Sanctuary nightclub to walk home alone at 1am on the night of April 12.

Pacteau, who did not know Karen and had not met her in the nightclub that night, had only left the club minutes earlier.

The young nurse unwittingly crossed onto the same side of the road as Pacteau, who immediately engaged her in conversation and offered her a lift.

Just minutes later, he bludgeoned her to death with a heavy spanner.

He then tried to dispose of her body with caustic soda, first in a bath and then in a plastic barrel.

Detectives believe Pateau who insisted during a 2013 sexual assault trial that he was gay, was overcome with frustration at his repeated failures with women.

Fuelled by vodka, they believe he decided to stalk a woman on Dumbarton Road that night.

Police Scotland were dismissive of "the tissue of lies" Pacteau told as he tried to explain his brutal killing of the nurse as a momentary loss of control.


"I think there was a premeditated plan that night to find some victim," Det Supt Jim Kerr said.

Det Supt Kerr, who led the murder investigation, said CCTV security camera footage was critical.

"There is no question he saw an opportunity. But whether that was Karen Buckley or somebody else remains to be seen.

"It (CCTV) was crucial. We visited over 49 premises, we examined over 1,900 hours of CCTV footage," Det Supt Kerr said.

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