Wednesday 28 September 2016

Judge criticised for lack of sensitivity over Karen Buckley's disappearance

Ralph Riegel and Nicola Andersen

Published 22/04/2015 | 22:21

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

A judge has been criticised for referring to the tragic death of Karen Buckley while suggesting young women can put themselves in vulnerable positions by getting drunk while out socialising with friends.

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Worcester District Judge Nigel Cadbury mentioned the “horrible situation in Glasgow” after saying it was worrying young women drink so much they don’t know who they are with.

“It’s very, very worrying how young girls put themselves in such very, very vulnerable positions,” he reportedly said in court when dealing with another case.

There is no suggestion whatsoever Karen was intoxicated when she left a nightclub in Glasgow.

Locals in Karen’s home county expressed outrage at the judge’s lack of sensitivity.

"It is a dreadful thing to say particularly when the poor family has not even had a chance to bury their daughter. You'd think more respect and sensitivity would be shown," Jim O'Sullivan in Mallow said.

Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A Police officer looks over a police cordon round dumped rubbish at the rear of the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which comta9nsthe flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
General view of Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
General view of Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer looks out from the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the rear of the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer looks out from the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
General view of The Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow where student Karen Buckley seen on CCTV footage in the early hours of Sunday morning talking to a man before she went missing. Paul Ward/PA Wire
A police officer walks through Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police stand next to a bin at the entrance of Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police officers in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police officers in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A dog walker passes a police officer at the entrance to Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police officers in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police helicopter flies over Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police walk along Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow as they are searching a park and an area around a block of flats for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search the rear gardens of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages near a block of flats near Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages near a block of flats near Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police forensic officer searches the rear gardens of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search the rear gardens of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police block a road near Windyhill Golf club, Glasgow, as they search for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow during the search for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow during the search for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police Forensic officers at the front door of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow, as they search for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The Scottish authorities are set to release the body of the slain student within the next 24 hours to allow preparations for her funeral at her home in Mourneabbey, Co Cork, to proceed.

Karen's remains are expected to be flown back to her native Cork either tomorrow or Saturday depending on when final procedural matters are completed in Glasgow.

John (62) and Marian (61) Buckley and their three sons are liaising with the Irish Consul in Edinburgh and Glasgow police about the repatriation of the student occupational therapist's remains.

It is understood two airlines have offered to assist with the provision of special flight arrangements for Karen's repatriation.

Mourneabbey community groups have already offered volunteer services to support the funeral arrangements ranging from car-parking stewards to drivers for airport shuttles.

Judge Cadbury’s controversial comments came as Tom Meagher, whose wife Jill was brutally murdered in Australia by Adrian Bayley, admitted he had "cried for hours" over what the Buckley family were now going through.

"I remember waking up the morning that I found out what happened and it was just so heartbreaking. I cried for hours."

"It is a very similar case to Jill in a way but it is also very different in how individuals deal with this," he said.

"The only thing I can say to them is take love where you can find it and take comfort in your family and friends. They have a very hard road ahead as I know all too well."

Police have also established Karen did not leave the Sanctuary nightclub with her jacket as she had given it to a friend.

The Cork student, who went missing during a night out with friends in Glasgow almost two weeks ago, left the nightclub on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow around 1am on April 12 without collecting her jacket.

Investigating police were puzzled at the time as to why the 24-year-old, who was studying for a masters in Glasgow, would leave the club without her jacket.

Photos of Karen on the night in question showed her wearing a black leather jacket over her outfit.

It has now been established the slain student gave her friend the jacket because the zip on the other girl's dress was broken.

The missing student's body was found on a rural farm outside the city of Glasgow on April 15, almost four days later.

Courier firm director Alexander Pacteau (21) has been charged with her murder and will appear again before a Glasgow Sheriff's Court on Friday.

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