Sunday 21 January 2018

Killer's trial told of failed abduction bid on teen

A teenager's desperate struggle with serial killer Robert Black as he tried to bundle her into his van has been recounted at his latest murder trial, writes David Young.

Fifteen-year-old Teresa Thornhill, who escaped the paedophile's grasp, later told police: "I was fighting for my life."

Dramatic details of the failed abduction bid in Nottingham in 1988 were recounted at Armagh Crown Court yesterday on the 13th day of Black's trial for the kidnap and murder of Jennifer Cardy in Co Antrim 1981. The 64-year-old denies the charges.

Retired Scottish police detective Roger Orr told the jury of Black's efforts to kidnap Teresa.

Black tried to lure the teen to his van after she parted ways with a friend, before grabbing her from behind. "She screamed continuously and struggled," said Mr Orr. "She was fighting for her life."

Teresa's friend, who had heard her cries for help, came running to the scene. Black let go and the pair ran away.

Irish Independent

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