Karen Buckley's remains back home with her family
THE body of Irish student Karen Buckley (24) was flown back to Cork from Scotland by special flight shortly after 2.30pm today.
The remains arrived at Cork Airport from Glasgow by a special Aer Lingus-Stobart Air flight which also carried Karen’s heartbroken parents, John (62) and Marion (61), and her brothers, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27).
Her devastated family was supported throughout the repatriation by Mourneabbey parish priest, Fr Joe O’Keeffe.
The family was ushered to a special minibus shuttle from the chartered Airbus plane on the tarmac of Cork Airport with Karen’s remains later heading home on her final journey via a silver hearse.
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In a gesture of support, the airline is understood to be footing the bulk of the repatriation costs for the devastated Irish family.
Karen’s body was brought back to her farmhouse home in north Cork exactly two weeks after her death in Glasgow.
Under Scottish law, the man accused of Karen’s murder, Alexander Pacteau (21), had the right to request a second post mortem by an independent pathologist.
Scottish authorities could not release Karen’s remains until the situation over the second post mortem was clarified.
A death certificate issued in Scotland has revealed Karen died from head and neck injuries.
Pacteau, a courier firm operator, is charged with the Mourneabbey nurse’s murder on April 12 and is also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
It is alleged the murder was carried out at a flat in the Dorchester Avenue area of Glasgow.
Court documents alleged that Pacteau “compressed (the) neck” of Karen Buckley.
The second charge relates to alleged actions by Pacteau over April 12/13.
Details relating to the alleged treatment of the Irish student's body are too distressing to outline.
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Pacteau appeared before a private court hearing on Friday which was not open to the public.
Sheriff Kenneth Hogg remanded Pacteau in ongoing custody after the committal hearing.
No formal plea has been entered so far by the defendant and no date was specified for his third court appearance.
Karen's body was discovered on an isolated hill farm north of Glasgow on April 15 after a massive search operation was launched when she vanished from 'The Sanctuary' nightclub at 1am on April 12.
Her body was found in a barrel in a storage shed.
Pacteau was charged with Karen's murder on April 17 and last week exercised his right, under Scottish law, for a second post mortem examination.
A private family Rosary and prayer service will now take place at the Buckley’s Glynn home outside Mourneabbey tonight.
Karen will then be taken to O’Connell’s Funeral Home on St James’ Avenue, Mallow where her removal will take place from 4pm to 8pm tomorrow.
She will be removed to the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Analeentha for 2pm Requiem Mass on Tuesday.
Fr O’Keeffe, who comforted the Buckley family, admitted that “a darkness” has fallen over the community.
But he vowed that the parish and community “will not be found wanting” in terms of support and solidarity for the heartbroken family.
Mallow Gardai have a detailed logistical plan in place to cope with the huge numbers now expected to flock to the tightknit north Cork farming community to show their solidarity with the family.
Mourners are also expected from Scotland to show Glasgow’s support for the family.
A special one-way traffic system will be put in place while hundreds of traffic, parking and support volunteers have been offered by Mourneabbey Community Council, Clyda Rovers GAA and Mourneabbey Ladies FC.
Local farmers have also offered fields for use as temporary car-parks.
The Church of St Michael the Archangel at Analeentha has a capacity of just 300.
It is the church where Karen made her Holy Communion and Confirmation.
The church is also located just metres from Analeentha primary school where Karen was student until 2003.
She will be buried in St John’s Cemetery in Burnfort.