Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Lord's fury over child killer Robert Black's £5k private jet flight

Robert Black must serve a minimum of 25 years for murdering schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy in 1981

Questions over why £5,000 was spent hiring a private jet to fly serial child killer Robert Black from England to Northern Ireland for trial are to be pursued in the House of Lords.

The notorious paedophile was flown to Northern Ireland by private plane last October to stand trial for the murder of Ballinderry schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy.

A total of £5,675 was paid for a one-way trip. This expenditure was on top of a £350,000 legal aid bill for Black's failed defence case.

Lord Morrow has vowed to raise the expenditure issue in the House of Lords where he says he will demand a full explanation for why use of a private jet was sanctioned to transport the evil killer.

Black was serving life sentences in an English jail for the murder of three young girls in Scotland and England in the 1980s when he was charged with the murder of nine-year-old Jennifer, who went missing on her way to a friend's house in 1981.

Black was found guilty in October last year of Jennifer's murder and ordered to serve at least 25 years in prison.

Lord Morrow said it was "unnecessary and extortionate" for Black to receive "Rolls-Royce treatment".

Justice Minister David Ford previously told Stormont no other prisoner has been transferred to the province by private jet and that the normal way to transfer prisoners from other jurisdictions is by standard plane or ferry.

"Coupled with a £350,000 legal aid bill, which is set to climb further when the various counsel submit their full accounts, I am utterly appalled at the overt expenditure," said Lord Morrow.

The DUP MLA added: "The legal aid fund and the defence of criminals should not be used as an open cheque-book under the guise of human rights legislation."

Background

Scottish serial killer Robert Black (right) was already serving life sentences for the murders of three young girls aged between five and 11 years in the 1980s when he was convicted last year of murdering Ballinderry schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy.

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