Wednesday 18 October 2017

Paedophile faces questions in missing teen's cold case

Black guilty of snatching and killing schoolgirl

Robert Black
being charged in
2010 with
Cardy's murder
Robert Black being charged in 2010 with Cardy's murder
Parents Andrew and Patricia Cardy outside Armagh Crown Court yesterday
Child-killer Robert Black was first arrested in July, 1990
Jennifer Cardy (9), was riding her bike on the day that she was abducted
People at McKee's dam, where the girl's body was found in 1981

Mark Hilliard, Greg Harkin and David Young

SERIAL killer Robert Black will face questions in relation to another missing schoolgirl following his conviction yesterday of murdering Jennifer Cardy.

The notorious Scottish serial killer was found guilty of the nine-year-old's death in Co Antrim 30 years ago -- his fourth conviction for killing children.

However, Black, who used his job as a truck driver to carry out his gruesome crimes, has been linked a number of unsolved disappearances over the years.

Police in the UK are preparing to target him in the case of Genette Tate (13), who was last seen in Devon in 1978.

He has also been linked with the suspected abduction of six-year-old Mary Boyle who disappeared from the fields around her grandparents' home near Ballyshannon, Donegal, in 1977.

He was a regular visit to the Donegal area as a delivery driver. While the Boyle family do not believe Black (64) was responsible, her mother Ann did say that she would like gardai to reinvestigate the link.

"Perhaps gardai can look at this again. I hope that they will be able to investigate and find out for definite," she said.

Closure

Mary's twin sister Ann Doherty told the Irish Independent that she was happy that yesterday's verdict brought closure to the Cardy family but said she did not believe they would find a link between Black and her sister.

"It's too remote (where she went missing); I think it was someone more local. She disappeared in fields between two houses; she wasn't out on the road at all."

Ann, now married with four children, one of whom is named after her lost sister, said that she doesn't believe the killer is currently in prison.

She said, however, that somebody somewhere must have some information.

The family have continued to search for their lost daughter, including a relatively high profile dig at the start of the year. Nothing has turned up though.

Black was sentenced to life imprisonment at Armagh Crown Court yesterday for the murder of Jennifer Cardy. He was already serving a minimum 35 years for three murders, which would have seen him freed in 2029 at the earliest.

Cardy's mother Patricia sobbed when the verdict was read out. Outside the court her husband Andy told reporters the couple had prayed for their daughter's killer.

"We have had to endure and listen to how Robert Black kidnapped and sexually abused and murdered our daughter. It has been absolutely horrendous and we heard things that, in all honesty, were not even in our imagination," he said.

"We pity Robert Black and the awful life he has lived. We prayed for Robert Black."

Police in Britain and in Europe say Black may be responsible for a string of unsolved child murders dating back as far as 1969.

Snatched

Cardy was snatched near her home in the village of Ballinderry, in Co Antrim, on August 12, 1981, while riding her bicycle.

Her body was found at a roadside 15 miles (25 km) away at Hillsborough six days later.

Black first tried to rape a girl when he was 12 and later spent a year in juvenile detention for a sexual attack. He later admitted having molested up to 40 girls after he got a job as a delivery boy in Glasgow, Scotland, when he was 15. After an attack in 1990 he was later linked to the three murders.

Jennifer Cardy's parents said they do not hate the man who murdered their daughter.

But Mr Cardy, who said the family's strong Christian faith had given them strength through the six week trial, said he thought the paedophile should also pay the ultimate price for his crimes.

Mr Cardy said he believed Black deserved to die for what he had done.

"I would have to say that I would still say that somebody who commits murders like this, I believe their lives should be taken, I believe they should be put to death, that's my belief," he said.

Mrs Cardy said the verdict had not brought closure.

"I will be really honest -- I don't think we will ever have closure because our daughter has gone, but we have the relief of knowing that the perpetrator of this gruesome, horrible crime has been brought to justice."

Irish Independent

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