Saturday 16 December 2017

Move was to be a new chapter in student's life


Karen Buckley at her brother Brendan’s wedding
Karen Buckley at her brother Brendan’s wedding

Karen Buckley had moved to Glasgow to begin a new chapter in her life.

The 24-year-old nursing graduate from the University of Limerick decided to specialise with a Masters in occupational therapy.

Karen had been in the Scottish city less than three months when she was murdered.

The fateful night, April 11, was no different to any other Saturday night, as Karen got dressed up to go out.

At 1am she told pals she was going to the toilet of the nightclub they were in. She never returned.

The following day, Karen's worried friends reported her missing. Footage showed that Karen had left and a man was seen walking alongside her.

On Monday, April 13, police traced Alexander Pacteau - the man seen with Karen on CCTV footage - but stressed he was not a suspect. At the same time Karen's parents travelled from Cork to Glasgow to meet officers.

On Tuesday, a handbag was discovered at Dawsholm Park. Separately, police issued an appeal for information about a grey car seen on country roads on Monday afternoon.

The following day police arrived at High Craighton near Milngavie - 12km from the city. After a four-day search officers announced Karen's body had been found and Pacteau was detained.

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