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Karen Buckley was beaten with a spanner, strangled and covered in “corrosive substances”, prosecutors say

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

Prosecutors claim that 24-year-old Karen Buckley was beaten over the head with a spanner, strangled and had her body covered in corrosive substances.

21-year-old Alexander Pacteau, who is charged with her murder made his second court appearance of the day this afternoon in private and he offered no plea.

Alex Pacteau

Prosecutors claim he struck the occupational therapy student on the head with a spanner and strangled her before covering her body with “corrosive substances”,

It is then alleged that he stuffed her body inside a plastic barrel and hid it in a storage shed.

No new court date for next appearance has been set.

In a statement the Crown Office said:

"Alexander Pacteau, 21, from Glasgow, made a second appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court today charged with the murder of Karen Buckley, and with attempting to defeat the ends of justice. "He made no plea or declaration and was fully committed and remanded in custody.

"No further court dates have been set at this time."

"It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage in proceedings, and we would remind media that this case is live for the purposes of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and to refrain from publishing any material which may be deemed prejudicial."

Earlier today it emerged that the Buckley family will have to wait to bury their daughter after Pacteau requested a second post-mortem on the body.

It was thought Karen's family would receive her body to be flown home but this is now unlikely due to the request of murder-accused Alexander Pacteau and his legal team.

John (62) and Marian (61) Buckley and their three sons, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27), are liaising with the Irish Consul in Edinburgh and Glasgow police about the repatriation of the student occupational therapist’s remains.

Two airlines, including Stobart Air/Aer Lingus Regional, have offered to assist the Buckley family with special flight arrangements to bring Karen’s body back to Cork Airport.

Her family have been waiting all week for news they can receive the body but the accused's lawyers have indicated they wish to seek an independent post-mortem.

Under Scottish law a person accused of murder can request to have a second post-mortem carried out on the body of a homicide victim by their own independent pathologist.

The funeral mass, which will now take place early next week, is expected to be at the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Analeentha in Mourneabbeey. She will then be laid to rest afterwards at Burnfort cemetery.