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Releasing of body delayed due to murder-accused's request for second post-mortem

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Accused: Alexander Pacteau
Accused: Alexander Pacteau

The planned release of the body of Karen Buckley has been delayed due to the murder-accused's right under Scottish law to a second post-mortem examination.

According to reports, a second post-mortem examination is to be carried out later today. 

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. 

The 21-year-old will appear again before a Glasgow Sheriff today having been charged with her murder last week. He was also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice and remanded in custody.

Karen's family were hoping to receive confirmation they could travel to Glasgow and collect the body and bring her home for a burial. This, however, is expected to take place on either Sunday or Monday. 

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.