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Eight inch blade discovered near suspect's home

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Police recover an 8-inch knife from canal close to suspect's home (Pic: Mark Condron)
Police recover an 8-inch knife from canal close to suspect's home (Pic: Mark Condron)

Police in Scotland investigating the murder of 24-year-old Karen Buckley have pulled an eight inch knife from a canal near the suspect’s flat.

The knife was found in the Forth and Clyde canal yesterday.

21-year-old Alexander Pacteau is expected to appear in court today after he was arrested by officers in connection with Karen’s death.

Karen Buckley

Specialist underwater units uncovered a knife and clothing items from the canal yesterday afternoon.

The canal is one minutes’ walk from the suspect’s house and three minutes away from where Karen’s handbag was discovered.

The Herald reports that the eight inch blade is either a filleting or boning knife and is incredibly sharp.

Karen Buckley’s remains were found at High Craigton Farm, just north of Glasgow city, following a four day search.

She went missing after spending a night out at Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow. A post-mortem is due to be carried out later today.

Karen was spotted on CCTV at 1am on Sunday morning leaving the club with Alexander Pacteau.

Pacteau, who was initially said to be assisting police with their investigation, told officers he left a nightclub with the nurse and was intimate with her on the night of her disappearance.

Police detained him and took him into custody for official questioning at approximately 6.25pm Wednesday evening.

Pacteau, who has appeared in court before in relation to printing counterfeit money, was involved in a serious car crash four years ago and placed in an induced coma for several weeks.

Alex Pacteau

In November 2011, he suffered a broken hip and ribs in the accident and a court heard he was on crutches for six months. 

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Miss Buckley moved to Scotland in February and was a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

A fundraising page set up last night by Miss Buckley's University of Limerick nursing classmates has raised more than £50,000.

READ: Huge charitable effort raises over £50k for the family of Karen Buckley

They hope the cash will help her family meet costs while they are in Scotland.

A note on the gofundme page said: "A huge thank you to everyone for your kind words and amazing donations - the response has been overwhelming.

"We hope that what has been raised will be of help in any way possible to Karen's family."

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, of which Karen was a memeber, have released a statement:

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) extends sincere sympathy, on behalf of all its members, to the family, friends and nursing colleagues of Karen Buckley who has died tragically in Glasgow.

Karen was a member of the INMO as a student nurse in University Hospital, Limerick.

Her family and her former colleagues in UHL are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.