Tuesday 6 December 2016

Police in Karen Buckley murder case questioning Glasgow escorts amid fears her murderer Alexander Pacteau may have been violent towards other women

Published 07/09/2015 | 21:14

Killer Alexander Pacteau
Killer Alexander Pacteau

Police who tracked down murderer Alexander Pacteau have been questioning escorts in Glasgow in the fear the he may have been violent towards other women.

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Sources have revealed that phone records belonging to the twisted 21-year-old have shown a number of calls made to escorts in his home city in the weeks running up to Karen Buckley's (24) death.

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

It's understood that police are following "several leads" found on phones and laptops belonging to the Glasgow native who is to be sentenced for the murder of the popular Cork student and nurse tomorrow.

Read more here: Killer of Irish nurse to be jailed at Glasgow High Court  

In a post on Saafe.Info last month, a website forum used by escorts used to discuss personal safety, one woman said she had given a statement to the police.

In the post she said she had a call from a Police Scotland detective who asked her about "the Karen Buckley murder and Alexander Pacteau."

John Buckley gives a statement with his wife Marian at the HIgh Court of Justiciary, Glasgow after Alexander Pacteau admitted to murdering their daughter Karen
John Buckley gives a statement with his wife Marian at the HIgh Court of Justiciary, Glasgow after Alexander Pacteau admitted to murdering their daughter Karen

The poster stated that she had been contacted by Pacteau, not knowing who he was, in the nights before Karen's murder, and her number had been found on his phone.

Read more here: My apology will never be enough, says mother of Karen's killer  

She said thankfully she never met him but was asked to give a statement to police.

"I have had shivers ever since," she wrote, "thinking of how I could have met him in Glasgow, that night. RIP Karen Buckley."

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau

Last month, company director Pacteau admitted repeatedly hitting Ms Buckley with a spanner and strangling her in his car in April.

The vicious killer is now in protective custody in one of Scotland's toughest prisons, HM Barlinnie Prison, after the shocking revelations of how he bludgeoned Karen to death and then attempted to dissolve her body in a barrel of caustic soda.

He faces a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to the murder of the Cork nurse at Kelvin Way in Glasgow just minutes after Karen had left 'The Sanctuary' nightclub alone.

Read more here: Sentencing of Karen Buckley's killer Alexander Pacteau to be broadcast on live TV  

The former public schoolboy lured innocent Karen into his grey Ford Focus car with the offer of a lift home before first trying to strangle her and then beating her to death with a heavy 30cm spanner.

For a time he drove around Glasgow with Karen's dead body in the passenger seat of his car before trying to dissolve her remains in caustic soda in the bathtub of his flat and later in a plastic barrel.

He then hid the barrel in a storage shed on an isolated Glasgow hill farm.

Tomorrow's sentencing hearing is to be aired on TV.

Read more here: Ralph Riegel: Fall from grace of awkward outsider who became a murderer  

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