Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man (21) who police say last saw missing student Karen Buckley


Alexander Pacteau from Drumchapel
Alexander Pacteau from Drumchapel

THE man who last saw missing Irish student Karen Buckley is a 21-year-old company director who was involved in printing counterfeit cash.

Alexander Pacteau (21), who police have said is not a suspect in her disappearance, told officers how he left the Sanctuary nightclub with Karen and drove her to his flat before she left at 4am on Sunday.

The flat was sealed off overnight and police officers were at the property this morning.

A report in the Daily Record newspaper quotes Mr Pacteau's mother Noreen (43).

"As you can tell by the police reports, he is not a suspect," she said.

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"She left his property at four o'clock in the morning and she was seen by other witnesses, not Alexander. So he is not a suspect."

Police have spoken with Mr Pacteau and he is helping them with their investigation.

It is understood Mr Pacteau is seen on CCTV footage leaving the Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road just after 1am on Sunday morning.

Karen "wasn't under duress" when leaving the popular nightclub and following him.

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Shortly afterwards, Mr Pacteau drove with Karen to his apartment on Dorchester Avenue about two miles from the club.

He told police that he and Karen spent a few hours together, before she left at 4am.

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Mr Pacteau told police he offered to give Karen a lift, but she declined.

The young man last year pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff's Court to forging bank notes worth £6,000.

He was caught by police before he attempted to spend any of the fake cash.

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Police found what was described in court as "equipment consistent with the production of counterfeit currency".

This included a laptop, a printer and a paper trimmer.

His lawyer told the court that Mr Pacteau printed the notes because he was unable to work after a serious car accident in 2011.

The lawyer said Mr Pacteau was embarrassed that he had to sign on for disability benefits and didn't want to admit it to his family.

He said his client was a first-time offender.

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Mr Pacteau was spared jail by sheriff Sam Cathcart who handed him what was described in reports as community payback and ordered him to do 225 hours of unpaid work.

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