Karen Buckley’s killer Pacteau could be retried for Glasgow attempted rape case

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau

The murderer of Irish student Karen Buckley could be retried for an attempted rape he was cleared of in 2013, police say.

Alexander Pacteau, 21, was branded a “callous and calculating man” at his sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow a few weeks ago for the murder of the occupational therapy student.

Now a police chief has appealed for witnesses to come forward as fresh evidence could now be reconsidered.

Pacteau previously stood trial in 2013 accused of a sex attack, where he was found not guilty of the charge at the High Court in Paisley.

A senior detective has said the case could return to court.

Detective chief inspector Allan Burton, who helped lead the probe into Ms Buckley’s murder, appeared on an Irish TV documentary about her murder and said new witnesses could see him face the charge again under Scottish double jeopardy laws.

He said on the TV3 documentary Disclosure: The Murder of Karen Buckley: “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 may be others that did not come forward. If you are one of those people, I would love to hear from you.”