Monday 27 February 2017

Karen Buckley's killer to have his appeal heard next month

Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Alexander Pacteau was jailed for a minimum of 23 years
Alexander Pacteau was jailed for a minimum of 23 years

Convicted murderer Alexander Pacteau is to appear in front of a Scottish appeal court next month in an attempt to have his sentence reduced for the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley.

The 21-year-old company director was caged for a minimum of 23-years in September after he bludgeoned the Cork nurse to death after a night out in Glasgow. 

The former public schoolboy then attempted to dispose of the 24-year-old's body in a plastic barrel filled with caustic chemicals.

At his trial, Judge Lady Rae said he had carried out a "brutal, senseless and motiveless attack on a defenceless young woman" and that she was obliged to impose the strictest sentence possible.

The Glasgow native, who police say was a "cold calculated killer,"   has now lodged papers at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh in a bid to reduce his sentence.

His case will be heard in front of three appeal judges on December 4. 

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