Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Accused stalked beaches to spy on girls, court hears

Robert Black

Serial child killer Robert Black would often lurk at beaches to watch and play with young girls, he admitted to police.

While being questioned by detectives in 2005 over the murder of nine-year-old Ballinderry girl Jennifer Cardy, Black said he enjoyed going to the beach to observe little girls and to play with them in the sand.

He told detectives he would help them make sandcastles or talk with their parents.

Tapes of Black’s interviews with detectives investigating Jennifer’s abduction and murder were played to a jury at Armagh Crown Court yesterday.

In a softly spoken Scottish accent Black, who drove across the UK and parts of Europe for his work as a delivery driver, could be heard telling officers that during his trips he would at times stop and watch young girls.

Black, who abducted and murdered three young girls in the 1980s, is accused of also murdering Jennifer on August 12, 1981. She disappeared as she cycled to a friend’s house. Her body was found six days later dumped at McKee’s Dam near Hillsborough.

When asked by police if he ever spoke to any of the young girls he took an interest in while out driving, he said “very rarely”.

The court also heard details of Black’s first interviews with RUC officers in June 1996 about Jennifer’s murder.

During those interviews Black insisted that the first time he ever abducted a young girl was in 1990, when he was caught with a six- year-old child bound and gagged in his van in Stowe, Scotland.

This abduction sparked a major police probe into Black and led to his eventual conviction for the murders of three young girls.

When asked again about how and why he murdered Jennifer Cardy, Black replied: “I would like to be able to help you, but I can’t.”

The detective said: “Why don’t you give the secrets up?”

Black answered: “I ain’t got no secrets to give up.”

The trial continues.

Background

Robert Black abducted and murdered three young girls while working as a van delivery driver in the 1980s. He is on trial accused of also murdering Ballinderry girl Jennifer Cardy 30 years ago. During police interview he told detectives there was a conspiracy against him.

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