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Twisted murderer Alexander Pacteau to have appeal heard in December

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau

The disgusting brute who murdered 24-year-old Karen Buckley lodged papers at the Court of Criminal Appeal, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to reduce his sentenced for the murder of the Irish nursing student.

Alexander Pacteau was sentenced to a minimum of 23-years after he admitted to beating Karen to death with a spanner.

The 21-year-old’s appeal is scheduled to be heard in front of three appeal judges on the 4th of December.

The former public schoolboy lured innocent Karen into his grey Ford Focus car with the offer of a lift home before first trying to strangle her and then beating her to death with a heavy 30cm spanner.

Karen Buckley

For a time he drove around Glasgow with Karen's dead body in the passenger seat of his car before trying to dissolve her remains in caustic soda in the bathtub of his flat and later in a plastic barrel.

He then hid the barrel in a storage shed on an isolated Glasgow hill farm.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Lady Rae said: "I find it extremely difficult to find words appropriate to describe the dreadful crime to which you pleaded guilty.

"Karen Buckley was a young woman in the prime of life.

"To you she was a stranger who appeared tragically to have accepted a lift in your car.

"Within a matter of minutes, for some inexplicable reason, you destroyed her young life."

The judge said Pacteau had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to conceal what he had done and told a "tissue of lies" to police investigating her disappearance.