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Horrific details emerge on the murder of Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

Prosecutors in Scotland have alleged that Alexander Pacteau attacked Karen Buckley with a spanner before strangling the Irish nurse.

The details have emerged following the accused's brief appearance in court in Glasgow yesterday, where the 21-year-old was formally charged with the murder of Karen Buckley.

The details of the murder charge also include the allegation that Pacteau covered her body in a 'corrosive substance' and that he put the body in a barrel.

The charge also alleges that Pacteau 'compressed her neck'.

The court documents say that on April 12 at his flat in Glasgow Pacteau repeatedly hit Karen Buckley with a spanner or a similar object.

A second charge then says that on April 12 or 13, at his flat and at High Craigton Farm where remains of the victim were found, Pacteau used 'corrosive substances' on the body.

They also accuse Pacteau of putting her body in a barrel and hiding it in a storage shed.

The news comes on the day that a second vigil is to be held for the nurse in Glasgow.

Yesterday hundreds of people went to George Square in Glasgow to pay their respects to the 24-year-old who disappeared in the early hours of Sunday morning from a nightclub in the city.

After a four-day search her remains were found at a farm north of the city and Pacteau, the last person seen with Buckley, was subsequently arrested and charged.