Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Black jury visits abduction scene

Jennifer Cardy's body was found in a dam six days after she vanished in 1981

The jury in the trial of a Scottish serial killer accused of murdering a schoolgirl has visited the quiet country road where she was abducted.

The nine women and three men were also taken to the dam where the body of Jennifer Cardy was allegedly dumped by notorious paedophile Robert Black 30 years ago.

Convicted triple child killer Black, 64, is accused of kidnapping and murdering the nine-year-old in August 1981.

The former delivery driver, who denies the charges, was not brought to the scenes of his alleged crimes.

Jennifer vanished as she cycled from her home in the Co Antrim village of Ballinderry to a friend's house.

Accompanied by judge Mr Justice Ronald Weatherup and prosecution and defence lawyers, the jury retraced that short journey along the Crumlin Road, stopping where Jennifer's bike was thrown into a field beside the road.

The schoolgirl's body was found six days later floating in McKee's dam, which is located behind a lay-by 15 miles away on the main A1 road at Hillsborough, Co Down.

Escorted by police, the jury members were taken to the lay-by where they walked along the short path to the waterside, yards from the place Jennifer was found.

After the site visits, the trial was set to continue hearing evidence in Armagh Crown Court.

In 1994 Black was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of murdering three young girls in the 1980s - 11-year-old Susan Maxwell, from the Scottish borders, five-year-old Caroline Hogg, from Edinburgh, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds.

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