Sick killer Alexander Pacteau should be retried for attempted rape, leading psychologist says

NewsBy Neil Fetherston

Sick killer Alexander Pacteau should be retried for attempted rape, a leading psychologist said.

Pacteau, 21, was acquitted of attacking a 24-year-old woman in Glasgow four years ago.

But, according to the, anti-violence expert Dr Mairead Tagg says the brute is “a very dangerous man who will always pose a risk”.

It comes after Pacteau admitted murdering Irish student Karen Buckley and trying to dissolve her body.

Dr Tagg said: “Until we have a justice system that works better, serious predators like Pacteau will walk free.

“It seems this poor woman has not received justice. He should be retried if the evidence is there.”

When he was just 17, Pacteau is alleged to have launched a frenzied attack on the woman after meeting her in the street in November 2011.

The woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – managed to escape when her screams alerted two men nearby.

But a jury later found Pacteau not guilty following a trial at the High Court in Paisley.

The Mail on Sunday reports that he could face a new prosecution as the authorities are determined to bring about a re-trial.

The case will be one of the first to be looked at by senior police as part of a review into alleged sex crimes where the accused walked free.

It’s understood the Crown Office is worried about the low conviction rate for rape.

A source said: “They will be asking Police Scotland to look back over rape and attempted rape cases to look for cases where double jeopardy laws could bring about a re-trial.

“There was a lot of shock in the legal community when Pacteau walked free the first time. There was a lot of strong evidence against him.

“Now, after what has come to light this week, the attempted rape case will be looked at again. It is so important victims receive justice.”

On Tuesday, Pacteau admitted murdering Karen, from County Cork, in car in Kelvin Way, Glasgow, by throttling her and hitting over the head with a spanner.

He had met the 24-year-old only minutes before out the Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road.

Over the next two days, he tried to cover up his crime by soaking her body in chemicals and in a barrel at a farm near Milngavie, Dunbartonshire.