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Jennifer Cardy's brother 'couldn't muster the hate' for Robert Black

The brother of one of Robert Black's victims has said he carries no hate for the serial killer.

Phillip Cardy, whose sister Jennifer was murdered by the paedophile, said he hopes people will take time to remember his victims.

Nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy was abducted by Black as she cycled to a friend's house on a rural road at Ballinderry, Co Antrim, in August 1981.

Black was convicted of her murder after a six-week trial at Armagh Crown Court in 2011.

Reacting to his death in prison, Mr Cardy said: "I have no hate for him, I couldn't muster the hate for him."

Black was also convicted of murdering 11-year-old Susan Maxwell, from the Scottish Borders, five-year-old Caroline Hogg, from Edinburgh, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds.

"It's a real shame that victims and their families are not remembered as much as the murderer," said Mr Cardy.

"Everybody knows Robert Black but not everybody knows Susan Maxwell and Sarah Harper and Caroline Hogg and Jennifer. People forget very quickly."

He added: "It should be about the victims. All those wee girls never got a chance to live a life - it's sad."

Black has long been suspected of involvement in a number of other child killings. Mr Cardy said they and their families should be remembered as well.

He also said Black had been prayed for many times.

"He was held up in prayer on numerous occasions," said Mr Cardy.

"That is the genuine truth - there were people in our church praying that he would at least, somewhere along the line, find forgiveness."

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