Sky News to televise sentencing of murderer Alexander Pacteau

By Jennifer Faull | Deputy Editor

September 5, 2015 | 2 min read

Sky News will broadcast the sentencing of Alexander Pacteau, who admitted the murder of Karen Buckley.

Pacteau amitted killing Irish student Karen Buckely and hiding her body. His sentencing is scheduled for September 8 at Glasgow High Court. According to the Evening Times, Sky News has been granted permission to film the sentencing statement and then share the recording with other broadcasters.

Journalists in court have also been allowed to live-tweet the sentencing.

The Judicial Office For Scotland exaplined: "The sentencing statement will be filmed for subsequent news broadcast and published in full following the conclusion of proceedings."

It comes after a landmark ruling earlier this year when Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service agreed to live-stream the legal challenge over the election of Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland. His constituents have questioned his conduct over the leaked memo about First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s meeting with a French ambassador.

STV will share the live feed on Monday 7 September to all other media organisations.


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