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Alexander Pacteau drops appeal against sentence for Karen Buckley's murder

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau

Karen Buckley's killer Alexander Pacteau has dropped his appeal against the 23 year sentence he received for killing the young Cork woman.

Pacteau's appeal had been due to be heard this Friday but in a statement on the Judiciary of Scotland website confirms the appeal has been dropped.

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

The hearing scheduled for 10.30am on Friday 4 December 2015 will not call.

Pacteau was sentenced in September after the body of Karen (24), was found at farmland near Drymen.

Pacteau (21), had lodged papers at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh in a bid to cut his sentence.

Cork girl Karen was killed by Pacteau in his car minutes after meeting him outside the Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow’s west end in April.

He took her body to his flat before he attempted to dispose of it in a barrel of chemicals stored at High Craigton Farm, between Drymen and Milngavie.

Jailing Pacteau, Judge Lady Rae told him it was “extremely difficult”to find words to describe what he did to Karen.

She criticised the Crown’s decision not to seek conviction on a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

They argued Pacteau’s actions were an aggravating factor to the murder charge. 

Lady Rae said it had been “extraordinary”for the defence to argue that she should not take into account anything which happened after the murder.

She told Pacteau: “I cannot ignore your conduct after the killing.”

The Glasgow native, who police say was a “cold, calculated killer”, lodged papers at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, in a bid to reduce his sentence.

Karen grew up on a farm at Glynn, Mourneabbey, in north Cork. She was John and Marion Buckley’s only daughter. 

She had three older brothers – Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27).

Outside the court, her father John Buckley and his wife Marion said: “He is truly evil and we hope he spends the rest of his life behind bars.”