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Ian Brady dead: I feel so sorry for Keith Bennett family, says Jennifer Cardy's dad

By Victoria Leonard

The father of a young Northern Ireland girl murdered by a serial killer has expressed his sympathy for the family of Keith Bennett, whose body is now unlikely to ever be found in the wake of Ian Brady's death.

Jennifer Cardy from Ballinderry was nine-years-old when she was killed by Robert Black, and would have turned 45 yesterday.

In an interview on BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback yesterday, her father Andy Cardy said that finding the body of his daughter after her murder had given the family "some relief".

"I sometimes think of the Bennett family and we think of the McCann family quite often and pray for them, because the awfulness of not knowing what has happened or where they are buried is just so awful," he said.

"I can remember when we found out that Jennifer had been found, I had to go to Craigavon morgue to identify her body and in truth it was almost like being reunited. It was awful to see her, and it was awful.

"I actually collapsed, but it still meant that we didn't have to, for the lifetime of a person, to think of what had happened to her. We knew what had happened to her."

Mr Cardy described his daughter's killer as "evil" and said that the serial child murderer and paedophile who passed away in January 2016 had shown "absolutely no remorse".

"He had absolutely no conscience, he was just possessed by evil," he said. "Robert Black was evil and he had handed himself over to the devil, to Satan, and I believe that."

Mr Cardy said that instead of allowing evil and Black to triumph by destroying his life and his family's, he had found comfort in Jesus and decided to live a "life of victory". "I had a decision to make and that decision was to live a normal life as best I could, with the sadness still there, but then I had the help because I had Jesus in my life and that was the help that I got."

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