Belfast Telegraph

Man 'used road near body location'

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 in the village of Ballinderry, Co Antrim.

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.

The Crown has been attempting to prove that the defendant was in Northern Ireland on the day Jennifer vanished doing a series of deliveries for his north London company - the now defunct Poster, Dispatch and Storage Ltd (PDS).

Black denies charges of kidnap and murder.

Black said he once parked up at a lay-by opposite the garage with the intention of sleeping there for the night. But he said he was quickly moved on by the security forces.

"As far as I can remember it was virtually opposite the BP garage," he said.The lay-by beside where Jennifer was found is two miles further down the A1 toward Newry on the same side of the carriageway.

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