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Karen Buckley's killer could face retrial on rape charge

A new documentary tells the story behind the case of the Cork woman who was murdered in April.

Updated at 7.40am

KAREN BUCKLEY’S KILLER Alexander Pacteau had hinted to friends about violent intentions, according to a TV3 documentary.

‘Disclosure: The Murder of Karen Buckley’ tells the story behind the case of the Cork woman who was murdered in April.

The programme will retrace the events of the night when Pacteau met Karen Buckley outside The Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, police have said it may be possible to retry Pacteau for the attempted rape of another woman, if new witnesses come forward.


The programme will detail the police investigation which followed and how Pacteau was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said:

 We did uncover evidence from friends and associates that he had made comments about disposing of a body and attacking a woman.

“The most frustrating thing for us as police officers is that no-one could have foreseen that he would go out that night and attack a stranger.”

The documentary also reveals that a case where Pacteau was previously accused of attempted rape may be reopened if further witnesses come forward.


Regarding the potential retrial in the rape case, Detective Chief Inspector Allan Burton, who heads the major investigation unit at Police Scotland, told the programme:

“He was found not guilty by a jury but there’s still an opportunity that it might end up back in court. We spoke to witnesses involved in the case but there be may be others that did not come forward. If you are one of those people, I would love to hear from you.”

Speaking about Pacteau’s sentence, criminologist Mairead Tagg said:

I think one can never be adequately punished for a crime such as this because the family are punished for life. For the rest of their remaining days, the sadness, the loss, the grief and the varying aspects will be with them forever, so I don’t think any punishment in adequate when a life is taken so senselessly and so brutally.

The Murder of Karen Buckley will be aired on TV3 at 9pm tonight.

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