Karen's murderer Pacteau infatuated with Scottish girl
Killer Alexander Pacteau became infatuated with a young Scottish woman and bombarded her with texts and gifts at the same time as he insisted to a Glasgow High Court sexual assault trial that he was gay.
Neighbours of Pacteau (21), who was this week jailed for bludgeoning Irish nurse Karen Buckley (24) to death, revealed their concerns over the young man who was nicknamed 'Shrek' because of his hulking size and brooding appearance.
Locals remain deeply shocked that a man living in their quiet residential area, popular with students and professionals, could have brutally killed the Cork woman and then tried to dispose of her body with caustic soda.
One neighbour revealed that Pacteau, who attended Anniesland College for a business degree course before abandoning his studies, became totally infatuated with a pretty young Glasgow woman.
"He was obsessed with her. He was phoning her and texting her all the time," the neighbour said.
"Then we heard, because my daughter knew the young woman, that he started buying her gifts. One turned out to be a sex toy. After that, she told him she wanted nothing to do with him. We thought he was a very strange young man."
Other neighbours described Pacteau as "quite awkward" - and someone who clearly wasn't happy. When he was arrested, Pacteau was dependent on state benefits, having had a business venture that failed in 2014.
The infatuation was around the time Pacteau successfully defended a totally unrelated sexual assault charge before Glasgow High Court.
A 24 year-old woman claimed that Pacteau approached her as she walked home from a 21st birthday party in November 2011 in Glasgow's West End and offered to help her find a taxi. They had never met before. She claimed he suddenly attacked her, threw her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
Pacteau rejected the allegation and counter-claimed that the woman had attacked him. He told the trial that he was gay.
He also claimed that attempted rape was the lowest of the low and that he would rather be charged with murder than sexual assault.
As he was acquitted of the charge, Pacteau punched the air in celebration.
However, Pacteau remained silent and emotionless on Tuesday when he received a life sentence for Karen's murder.