Karen Buckley's killer moved over fears for his safety behind bars

Killer: Alexander Pacteau
Killer: Alexander Pacteau

The murderer of Cork nurse Karen Buckley has been removed from a high security prison due to fears for his own safety.

Killer Alexander Pacteau, was removed from his cell at the Shotts prison in Scotland, where fellow inmates turned on him, according to The Sunday Post.

In September 2015, Alexander Pacteau (21) received a life sentence with the order that he serve 23 years before he can be considered for parole.

Pacteau attacked and killed the petite Irish student just minutes after she left 'The Sanctuary' nightclub on Glasgow's Dumbarton Road at 1am on April 12 2015.

He attempted to dispose of Karen's body using caustic soda.

Pacteau admitted Karen’s murder at Kelvin Way in Glasgow in the early hours of April 12.

He entered his plea before Glasgow High Court on August 11.

Prison bosses have decided to move Pacteau to Kilmarnock after receiving intelligence he had been targeted.

A prison insider told the Sunday Post that Pacteau was a solitary figure in prison life.

“He has kept himself to himself inside and struggled to make any friends behind bars,” said the source.

“He’s very much a loner, which I understand was what he was like outside too.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Prison Service said it did not comment on individual prisoners.