Man Charged With Student's Murder

17 April 2015, 16:33

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering Irish student Karen Buckley.

Alexander Pacteau, 21, is also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He made a private court appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Pacteau, from the city's west end, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody by sheriff Charles McFarlane QC.

He will appear again next week for a full committal hearing.

Miss Buckley, a qualified nurse, went missing following a night out at the Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow's West End on April 11.

Her body was later found by police at a farm to the north of the city.

A candlelit vigil is being held at Glasgow's George Square tonight in memory of Miss Buckley, who was from Cork.

People are being encouraged to bring flowers and candles to the event.

Friends of Miss Buckley raised the alarm on Sunday morning when she failed to return from a night out at The Sanctuary nightclub in the west end of Glasgow.

The search led police to Dawsholm Park, where Miss Buckley's handbag was found on Tuesday, and a property in the city's Dorchester Avenue, before the farm where the discovery was made.

Ms Buckley moved to Scotland in February and was a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Her family, who travelled to Scotland on Tuesday, have said they are ''absolutely heartbroken''.

Her father, John Buckley, 62, said she was an outgoing girl who ''thoroughly enjoyed life''.

He released a statement through Police Scotland yesterday which read: ''Marian and I, together with our sons Brendan, Kieran, and Damian, are absolutely heartbroken.

''Karen was our only daughter, cherished by her family and loved by her friends.

''She was an outgoing girl who travelled the world, where she met lots of people and thoroughly enjoyed her life.

''We will miss her terribly.''

Flowers, cards and pictures have been left at the entrance to the farm and at Glasgow Caledonian University in tribute to Miss Buckley.

The outpouring of support for the family has also raised £50,000 in an online drive organised by her former classmates at Limerick University.

The Go Fund Me page was set up to cover the family's travel and expenses while in Scotland and to support the upkeep of their farm in Cork. It raised more than 10 times the original target amount.