Karen Buckley's murderer Alexander Pacteau under special protection in prison

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau

Killer Alexander Pacteau is now under special protection in one of Scotland's toughest prisons after the shocking revelations of how he bludgeoned Irish nurse Karen Buckley (24) to death and then attempted to destroy her body.

Pacteau (21), who pleaded guilty to murdering Karen, is being separated from other prisoners and is under additional supervision in HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow.

“A number of threats have been levelled against Pacteau from other inmates,” a source is quoted as saying on

“Staff at the prison have now taken protective measures to minimise the risk posed to him. He is being segregated during breaks and at meal times.”

Pacteau faces a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to bludgeoning Irish nurse Karen (24) to death and then attempting to dissolve her body.

The young man lured Karen into his Ford Focus car with the offer of a lift home after she left ‘The Sanctuary’ nightclub on April 12 last.

He first attempted to strangle her and then beat her to death with a heavy 30cm spanner.

He then 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 in a 220 litre plastic barrel, then hiding the barrel in a storage shed on an isolated farm.

Pacteau will discover how long he will serve behind bars on September 8 when the Honorable Justice Lady Rae imposes the minimum sentence tariff on him in Glasgow High Court.

Pacteau has a previous conviction for forgery linked to photocopying sterling banknotes.

Separately, he was acquitted of a sexual assault charge after he was accused of attacking a woman on November 27, 2011.