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Scottish police reveal: Alexandar Pacteau can be 'articulate, intelligent and charming' when he wants

Published 11/09/2015 | 07:37

Alexander Pacteau. Inset: Karen Buckley
Alexander Pacteau. Inset: Karen Buckley
The heartbroken Buckley family have said they hope her killer is 'haunted' by his evil crime every day that he spends in prison
A general view of HMP Barlinnie where Alexander Pacteau will spend most of the next 23 years
Pacteau outside Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow
High Craigton Farm where Karen's body was recovered from behind double doors
High Craigton Farm where deceased's body was recovered from behind double doors
High Craigton Farm where deceased's body was recovered from behind double doors
High Craigton Farm where Karen's body was recovered from behind double doors
Soil found on Pacteau's car matched soil found at High Craigton Farm
Alexander Pacteau says he murdered the deceased with a spanner while parked in Kelvin Way
Soil found on Pacteau's car matched soil found at High Craigton Farm

Evil killer Alexander Pacteau 'enjoyed being interviewed by police' during the harrowing murder case of Irish nurse Karen Buckley.

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Police have described the former public school boy (21) as 'articulate, intelligent and charming' during some of the investigation's interviews.

Officers from the Scotland Police team that charged Alexander Pacteau with the killing of the 24-year-old woman from Mourneabbey, Co Cork said they believed Pacteau saw the police interviews as a 'challenge'.

Pacteau was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, with a minimum of 23 years to be served before he can apply for parole.

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

He had previously pleaded guilty to the murder of Karen Buckley after he lured her into his car outside a nightclub in Glasgow city centre.

Karen had moved to the city in February to study in the Glasgow Caledonian University. She had been enjoying a night out with friends before she went missing in the early hours of April 12.

Read more: Pacteau never showed regret or remorse for killing Karen

Police conducted the biggest search in Scottish history for the young woman, with over 500 police officers involved in the investigation.

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau

Karen's remains were discovered on a rural farm outside the city of Glasgow three days after she went missing.

Speaking after the killer was sentenced to spend his time in one of Europe's toughest prisons, Detective Alan Burton said:

A general view of HMP Barlinnie where Alexander Pacteau will spend most of the next 23 years
A general view of HMP Barlinnie where Alexander Pacteau will spend most of the next 23 years

"He was articulate. He was intelligent and he could be charming speaking to some of the officers in the investigation. He answered questions and appeared to enjoy being interviewed by the police, so whether he had seen that as a challenge, I don’t know."

Detective Burton, who interviewed Pacteau on numerous occasions, continued: "He had opportunity throughout the journey, throughout his time in coming in here, to say 'Here's what happened, here's where Karen is, I'm sorry'... whatever remorse he may have wanted to show. But he said nothing."

Read more: Streets are safer after 'evil, cowardly' Pacteau jailed for 23 years

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said he believes it would be a 'very brave' parole board that would decide to release Pacteau in 23 years time if he applies for parole.

"I think what we will have to remember is that it's 23 years before he can appeal for parole," he said.

"At that point, a parole board will need to carry out a very rigorous risk assessment about a threat to the public. It's 23 years away but it would be a very brave parole board that would decide to let him out at that point in time."

The detectives were speaking in an Ireland Live News Special, which airs on UTV Ireland tonight at 8pm.

The documentary will hear from people paying tribute to the Irish student, as well as examining how investigators traced Alexander Pacteau and built an overwhelming case, leading to his conviction.

Read more: Murderer can wave goodbye to youth - he won't be back on the streets until he is 44

‘The Karen Buckley Story – Murder in Glasgow’ will broadcast exclusively on UTV Ireland, tomorrow night at 8pm.

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