Sentencing of Alexander Pacteau to be broadcast live on TV

Twisted: Pacteau faces a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder
Twisted: Pacteau faces a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder

The sentencing of twisted killer Alexander Pacteau, the man who admitted to the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley, is to be aired on television.

Scotland’s Crown Office have confirmed to the Herald that permission has been granted for Sky News to record sentencing hearing.

The broadcaster has been given pool access meaning the footage will have to be shared with other broadcasters.

Last month, evil company director Pacteau (21) admitted repeatedly hitting Ms Buckley with a spanner and strangling her in his car in April.

The vicious killer is now in protective custody in one of Scotland's toughest prisons, HM Barlinnie Prison, after the shocking revelations of how he bludgeoned Karen to death and then attempted to dissolve her body in a barrel of caustic soda.

He faces a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to the murder of the Cork nurse at Kelvin Way in Glasgow just minutes after Karen had left 'The Sanctuary' nightclub alone.

The former public schoolboy lured innocent Karen into his grey Ford Focus car with the offer of a lift home before first trying to strangle her and then beating her to death with a heavy 30cm spanner.

For a time he 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 later in a plastic barrel.

He then hid the barrel in a storage shed on an isolated Glasgow hill farm. He is due to be sentenced on September 8.

"The sentencing statement will be filmed for subsequent news broadcast and published in full following the conclusion of proceedings,” said a crown office spokesperson.

The court has also given permission to journalists to tweet live from the proceedings once the hearing has started. 

Adam Cullen