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Triple child killer faces trial

Jennifer Cardy was murdered 27 years ago
Jennifer Cardy was murdered 27 years ago

A convicted child killer could soon face trial in Northern Ireland for the unsolved murder of a County Antrim schoolgirl nearly 27 years ago.

Jennifer Cardy, nine, was abducted and murdered in 1981 as she cycled to a friend's house near her home in Ballinderry, near Lisburn.

Robert Black, who is 60 and originally from Scotland, was first questioned about the murder in 2005.

Detectives have now sent a file to the Public Prosecution Service in Belfast.

It is understood earlier this week PSNI detectives visited relatives of the children Black murdered in Scotland and northern England to inform them of developments.

In 1981, Jennifer's bike was discovered in a field near her home and her body was found six days later by a fisherman at a dam near Hillsborough in County Down.

Black was working as a van driver at the time and was delivering posters across the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.

A team of detectives led by Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray later questioned him about Jennifer's murder.

Robert Black
Robert Black was questioned about the murder

Black was jailed in Newcastle in 1994 for the murders of Susan Maxwell, 11, from Cornhill-on-Tweed, in July 1982, Caroline Hogg, five, from Edinburgh, in July 1983, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds, in March 1986.

He has also been questioned about other unsolved murders since his conviction.

He is serving a minimum of 35 years in Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire.

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