Murder accused's request delays release of Karen Buckley's body home
Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30
The man accused of murdering Irish student Karen Buckley (24) has exercised his right under Scottish law to a second post-mortem examination, forcing her family to postpone funeral plans.
Alexander Pacteau (21) will appear again before a Glasgow Sheriff today having been charged with her murder last week. He was also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice and remanded in custody.
The Irish Independent has learned the second post-mortem examination now won't be concluded in Glasgow until later today. It had been expected that Karen's remains would be released to her family by today, but it is now unlikely to happen until this weekend.
The logistics and bureaucracy involved means her body now won't be back in north Cork until Sunday or possibly Monday.
Sources in Karen's home town of Mourneabbey said Karen's Requiem Mass will not now take place before next Tuesday at the earliest.
John (62) and Marion (61) Buckley and their three sons, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27), are liaising with the Irish Consul and Glasgow police about the repatriation.