Tuesday 20 March 2018

Killer Pacteau abandons appeal against jail term for Karen's murder

Convicted murderer Alexander Pacteau, who was due to appear before a court of appeal tomorrow
Convicted murderer Alexander Pacteau, who was due to appear before a court of appeal tomorrow
Karen Buckley, who was murdered after a night out
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Convicted killer Alexander Pacteau has abandoned his appeal to have his sentence reduced for the brutal murder of Irish student Karen Buckley.

The murderer was due to appear before a three-judge court of criminal appeal in Edinburgh, tomorrow .

However, the Crown Prosecution office yesterday confirmed he had withdrawn his case.

"The Criminal Appeal Court has this afternoon received notification that Alexander Pacteau has abandoned his appeal against sentence for the murder of Karen Buckley," a spokesperson said.

The company director was jailed for a minimum of 23 years in September, after he bludgeoned the Cork nurse to death after a night out in Glasgow in April of this year.

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 said that she was obliged to impose the strictest sentence possible.

The Glasgow native, described by police officers as a "cold, calculated killer", later lodged papers at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh in a bid to reduce his sentence.

He pleaded guilty to the murder of Karen at Kelvin Way in Glasgow, just minutes after the young woman left 'The Sanctuary' nightclub alone.

Pacteau 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. He later brought Karen's body back to his flat before placing her remains in a plastic barrel.

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

Speaking to the Irish Independent earlier this year, Pacteau's mother, Noreen Dow, said an apology to the Buckley family for the actions of her evil son would "simply not be enough".

She said to describe the incident as traumatic would be a "massive understatement" for all involved.


"It has just been completely and utterly devastating," she said, "we still haven't really come to terms with it.

"To describe it as traumatic is a massive understatement for us and Karen's family."

When asked if she would be issuing an apology on behalf of her son, she said it would not be good enough.

"I don't think an apology will suffice," she said.

"If that was my daughter, it simply wouldn't suffice."

Irish Independent

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