Alexander Pacteau drops appeal against 23 year sentence for Karen Buckley murder

His appeal was due to be heard on Friday

Alexander Pacteau drops appeal against 23 year sentence for Karen Buckley murder

Alexander Pacteau | Image: Crown Office / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alexander Pacteau has dropped his appeal against the sentence he received for murdering Karen Buckley.

The 21-year-old's appeal was due to be heard in Edinburgh on Friday, but a spokesperson for the Scottish judiciary said that was no longer going ahead.

24-year-old Karen, from Mourneabbey, Cork, was murdered by Mr Pacteau in Glasgow last April.

Her family made an emotional plea for her safe return, after the nurse went missing on a night out.

Alexander Pacteau was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison in September, after pleading guilty to the crime.