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