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Only God knows where soul of killer Robert Black is, says brother of Jennifer Cardy

By Joanne Fleming

The brother of Jennifer Cardy, one of the victims of notorious child killer Robert Black, has said he believes "only God knows where his soul is".

Phillip Cardy (39), whose nine-year-old sister was abducted and murdered by the paedophile in 1981, said he took "no pleasure" from the death or cremation of the Scottish-born killer.

Black was cremated in Belfast on Friday in a brief, after-hours ceremony at Roselawn Cemetery, the Belfast Telegraph revealed at the weekend.

Following Black's death two weeks ago there was concern about his funeral arrangements, with calls for his remains to be kept somewhere other than Northern Ireland.

However, the Northern Ireland Prison Service had refused to reveal details of the funeral plans or costs.

The 68-year-old died in Maghaberry Prison two weeks ago, but no one claimed the body.

"Only God knows where his soul is now, And I mean just that - only God knows where that man's soul resides," Mr Cardy told the Sun.

Last month Pat Cardy, Jennifer's mother, said the body of her daughter's killer should be treated with respect, but not buried here.

"This is a man that we have to treat with respect - we have to treat his body with respect," she said. "My personal view is I would prefer him not to be buried here." Jennifer Cardy's killing was the first murder that Black was known to have carried out, but it was the last one of which he was convicted.

Jennifer was cycling to a friend's house near her home in Ballinderry, Co Antrim, on August 12, 1981 when Black abducted and sexually assaulted her, before dumping her body in a dam.

Black was first accused of rape aged 12. He then went on to abduct and murder a number of young girls while working as a delivery driver.

He was jailed in 1994 for the murders of Susan Maxwell (11) from Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, in 1982; Caroline Hogg (5), from Edinburgh, in 1983; and Sarah Harper (10) from Morley, near Leeds, in 1986. In 2011 he was convicted of Jennifer's murder.

He was further convicted of a failed abduction bid on Teresa Thornhill in Nottingham in 1988, when she was 15.

Following his death, detectives said they were days away from charging him with the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate, who went missing in Devon in 1978 and has never been found.

New information emerged after his death indicating that Black could have killed up to 15 more young girls, making him the country's most prolific serial killer of children. The paedophile's remains will now be disposed of at an undisclosed location outside of Northern Ireland.

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