Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Cardy trial: Robert Black used road where body found

Robert Black

A Scottish van driver accused of murdering a schoolgirl told police he often used the stretch of road off which her body was found, his trial has heard.

London-based dispatch driver Robert Black, now 64, also said he once tried to sleep in a lay-by on the northbound side of the A1 dual carriageway between Newry and Lisburn in Northern Ireland.

The body of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy was found floating in a dam behind a lay-by on the same road on August 18, 1981, six days after she was abducted 10 miles away while cycling to a friend's house.

The sixth day of Black's trial at Armagh Crown Court heard the answers he gave to detectives when first questioned about the murder in 1996.

When shown a picture of the lay-by behind which Jennifer was discovered, Black told police it was not the one he stopped at.

The prosecution has claimed there was only one lay-by on this stretch of road in 1981.

Black denies charges of kidnap and murder.

The Crown has been attempting to prove that the defendant was in Northern Ireland on the day Jennifer vanished.

The case continues.