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Jennifer Cardy's mother wants Robert Black's body treated respectfully

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/01/2016

Child killer: Robert Black
Child killer: Robert Black

The mother of Jennifer Cardy, who was murdered by paedophile Robert Black, has said the body of her daughter's killer should be "treated with respect".

Child killer Black died in Maghaberry Prison earlier this week. His body has not been claimed by any of his family.

But Jennifer's mother Pat Cardy said: "This is a man that we have to treat with respect - we have to treat his body with respect. Everybody needs to be treated with respect."

But she added that, in her view, the remains of the 68-year-old should not be buried here.

DUP Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots agreed that Black's body should not be interred in Northern Ireland. He said he was concerned that any potential grave could become a target for desecration and would be a constant reminder to the Cardy family of the agony Black had caused them.

"Robert Black is the manifestation of evil and wickedness," Mr Poots insisted. "Black's only connection to Northern Ireland is that he came here and murdered a child. So, therefore, I don't believe there is any reason for his body to remain in Northern Ireland. The authorities need to find a reasonable and sensitive way of dealing with this issue."

Mrs Cardy also explained why she wanted the killer's remains dealt with elsewhere. "My personal view is I would prefer him not buried here," she said.

"We have enough to pass on to little children as they grow up - little children who will want to know and want to find out about this man, Robert Black. But you have to be realistic. You've got to know that this is a man whose body we have to treat with respect. Everyone's body should be treated with respect. This man is gone, forever. Let those of us who remain bury the body with dignity."

Justice Minister David Ford said: "There are protocols which will apply when somebody in circumstances like Black's dies in custody. What happens then is there is a dignified and appropriate disposal of the burial.

"Matters have been dealt with by people in similar circumstances across the UK, and that will be the case in these circumstances as well."

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