Monday 23 September 2019

Pacteau to appeal murder sentence next month

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau
Murder victim Karen Buckley

Adam Cullen

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 jailed for a minimum of 23 years in September after he bludgeoned the Cork nurse to death following a night out in Glasgow.

He 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.

He pleaded guilty to the murder of the nurse at Kelvin Way, in Glasgow, just minutes after Karen had left a nightclub alone.

The killer lured Karen into his car with the offer of a lift home before first trying to strangle her and then beating her to death with a spanner.

Irish Independent

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