Friday 23 February 2018

Student Karen's body to be flown home

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE BODY of slain Irish student Karen Buckley is expected to be flown home from Scotland today accompanied by her family.

Her remains were released to her family as a death certificate was issued revealing she died from head and neck injuries.

A second post mortem delayed the release of Karen's body to her parents, John (62) and Marian (61) Buckley and the repatriation to Ireland.

It is understood the young student's body will be flown back to Cork Airport today, with hundreds of friends, relatives and neighbours expected to support the family as her body is brought to O'Connell's Funeral Home in Mallow on Monday.

Her funeral will take place on Tuesday at the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Analeentha, Mourneabbey, Co Cork.

In Scotland, the man accused of her murder, Alexander Pacteau (21), appeared for a second time before a private hearing of Glasgow Sheriff's Court.

Mr Pacteau, a courier firm operator, is charged with the Mourneabbey student'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 allege that Mr Pacteau "compressed (the) neck" of Ms Buckley.

The second charge relates to alleged actions by Mr Pacteau over April 12/13.

Details relating to the alleged treatment of the Irish student's body are too distressing to detail.

Sheriff Kenneth Hogg remanded Mr Pacteau in ongoing custody. No formal plea has been entered.

Karen's body was discovered on an isolated hill farm north of Glasgow on April 15 after a search operation was launched when she vanished after leaving The Sanctuary nightclub.

Mr Pacteau exercised his right to a second post-mortem examination, which was yesterday conducted in Glasgow.

Irish Independent

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