Monday 20 November 2017

Owner wants rid of Karen 'house of horrors'

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE house where killer Alexander Pacteau tried to dissolve the body of Irish nurse Karen Buckley in a bath of caustic soda is to be sold at a knock-down price.

The revelation came as Scottish landlord Mohammed Khaliq (47) said he remained in shock over what happened at the property and would now prefer to "walk away from the flat".

Glaswegians have already dubbed the premises on Dorchester Avenue "the house of horrors".

Pacteau last week received a life sentence with a minimum term of 23 years for the brutal murder of the young student from Mourneabbey, Co Cork.

Pacteau bludgeoned Karen to death only minutes after she left The Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road at 1am last April 12.

He hit her 13 times over the head with a heavy spanner.


Pacteau later brought her body back to his flat.

Mr Khaliq got the keys to his property back from Police Scotland only last week, with detectives having retained them for evidential purposes while the trial process continued.

"We are still in shock at Pacteau's actions," Mr Khaliq told the 'Daily Record'.

He is now discussing with his wife, Fauzia, what to do with the two-bedroom property.

"I could quite happily walk away from the flat now. I don't really want to get involved in renting property again after this," he said.

The property is valued at £117,000 (€170,000), but Mr Khaliq said he may consider selling it at a discounted price.

He added that Pacteau was a "normal" tenant.

"He didn't cause us any real problems. He never paid his rent on time - but we always got it eventually," he said.

Irish Independent

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