Sunday 21 January 2018

Karen hit on the head 'repeatedly' by her attacker

Suspect killed Irish student before trying to dispose of her remains, prosecutors claim

Alexander Pacteau. Inset: Karen Buckley
Alexander Pacteau. Inset: Karen Buckley
TRIBUTES: Flowers left on the road that leads up to the shed where Karen’s remains were found. Photo: Mark Condren
Karen Buckley
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Tragic Karen Buckley was repeatedly hit on the head with a heavy object by the man accused of murdering her, prosecutors claim.

Alexander Pacteau is accused of then trying to dispose of her remains.

New allegations - details of many of which are too distressing to publish in the Sunday Independent - emerged as the 21-year-old appeared in the dock at a private court appearance on Friday to answer to the charges. Pacteau made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody by Sheriff Charles McFarlane.

He will appear before the courts again this week for a full committal hearing.

According to court papers, on April 12 at his Dorchester Avenue flat, and elsewhere, Pacteau repeatedly hit Ms Buckley on the head with a heavy object.

The murder charge also reads that Pacteau "compressed" the victim's neck.

The former public schoolboy also faces a second charge that he attempted to defeat the ends of justice.

Court papers claim that between April 12 and 13 at his west-end flat and at High Craigton Farm, he knowingly tried to dispose of Ms Buckley's remains.

Prosecutors also claim the company director tried to conceal her body and hid it in a storage shed near a rural Glasgow farm.

A small number of houses sit in the picturesque surroundings of High Craigton Farm near Milngavie.

Alex White, who lives near to where Ms Buckley's remains were found, said the small community was still "in shock" at the killing of the young Irishwoman.

The remains of Ms Buckley, who went missing after a night out in the Scottish city, were discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A second vigil for the slain occupational therapy student was held in Glasgow last night.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Ms Buckley's Garnethill flat for the silent ceremony shortly after 7pm. The previous night over 800 people lined Glasgow's George Square as a mark of respect for the slain student.

Karen's heartbroken father, John Buckley thanked everyone for their support and said he was coping with the help of his "strong family".

The Government is closely liaising with the Scottish authorities about the return of Karen's remains next week.

Ireland's Consul in Edinburgh has been working with Karen's parents, John (62) and Marion (61), and the Scottish authorities over the matter.

The couple has been supported in Glasgow by their son Kieran (28). Their other two sons, Brendan (32) and Damien (27) are in Mourneabbey looking after the family dairy farm. Mourneabbey parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe paid a heartfelt tribute to the Glasgow community for the manner in which they have supported the Buckley family, especially with the city centre vigil on Friday.

"It was wonderful to see that the support being shown to the Buckley family here in Ireland has also been shown by the Glasgow community which has taken the family to their hearts," he told the Sunday Independent.

"That is to be expected when any family is trying to cope with something as terrible as this, the loss of a beloved daughter and sister. But uppermost in the minds of her family and the parish community is to get Karen back home."

Sunday Independent

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