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Karen Buckley's killer Alexander Pacteau will enjoy satellite TV, computer games and high-tech gym after prison transfer

Killer will enjoy satellite TV, computer games and high-tech gym

Published 17/09/2015 | 02:30

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau
Karen Buckley
Tragic nurse Karen Buckley
The heartbroken Buckley family said they hoped Karen's killer is 'haunted' by his evil crime every day that he spends in prison.
Karen Buckley, who was murdered by Alexander Pacteau
Justice Lady Rae said Alexander Pacteau had shown little remorse for the brutal murder of Karen

The killer of Irish nurse, Karen Buckley (24), will enjoy satellite TV, computer games and a high-tech gym after a prison transfer.

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He will be transferred to a newly refurbished high-security prison after repeated threats were levelled against him by fellow inmates at Scotland's largest jail.

Alexander Pacteau (21) will now serve the bulk of his life sentence with a minimum 23- year term at Shotts Prison rather than notorious Barlinnie, where he has been held since he was first taken into custody last April.

But the transfer has sparked outrage in Scotland after it emerged Pacteau will enjoy a range of perks.

Shotts Prison was recently the focus of a multi-million euro upgrading programme.

Shotts offers an extensive educational programme including courses in creative writing, drama studies and craft work.

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Scottish Conservatives chief whip, John Lamont, expressed major concern.

"The impression this creates is that life in jail won't be all that bad.

"That is hurtful to the victims and their families, and gives our justice system a bad name," he said.

"The UK government is cracking down on perks given to dangerous offenders - the Scottish National Party (SNP) could do a lot worse than follow suit," he said.

Pacteau was given a minimum 23-year term for the "callous and calculating" murder of Karen Buckley from Mourneabbey, Co Cork.

Karen's heartbroken parents, John (62) and Marian (61) Buckley, described him as "a cowardly, evil murderer."

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The couple said they hope Pacteau now spends the rest of his life behind bars and is "haunted every day" by his crime.

Karen was brutally murdered by Pacteau just minutes after she left The Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow at 1am on April 12 last.

The former grammar schoolboy bludgeoned her to death in his car with a heavy spanner.

Pacteau later tried to dissolve Karen's body in a bath and then a barrel of caustic soda in a bid to cover his tracks.

Read More: Evil killer Pacteau sentenced for minimum 23 years for 'motiveless, senseless and brutal' murder

Until now, Pacteau has been held at Her Majesty's Barlinnie Prison to the east of Glasgow.

The largest prison in Scotland, Barlinnie also ranks as one of the toughest jails in Europe.

He will now be transferred to Shotts Prison which is a facility aimed at inmates serving long-term sentences.

Opened in 2012, Shotts Prison in Lanarkshire was designed as a maximum security facility specifically for long-term male prisoners.

It has a capacity of 553, one-third the size of Barlinnie.

Shotts Prison also has special security cells for high risk inmates.

Irish Independent

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