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Murder jury absent from proceedings


Robert Black

Robert Black

Robert Black

No new evidence has been called at the trial of suspected child killer Robert Black as the judge dealt with outstanding legal issues.

The jury was not present in Armagh Crown Court on Thursday as prosecution and defence lawyers raised points of law with Mr Justice Ronald Weatherup.

Black, now 64, is accused of kidnapping and murdering nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy in Co Antrim 30 years ago.

The schoolgirl was snatched from a quiet country road in the village of Ballinderry as she cycled to a friend's house on August 12, 1981.

Her body was found six days later floating in a dam behind a roadside lay-by 10 miles away near Hillsborough, Co Down. She had been sexually assaulted.

Black, originally from Scotland but who worked for a London-based delivery firm in 1981, denies charges of kidnap and murder.

The jury is due to sit again on Friday as the trial continues.

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