Northern Ireland

Killer Robert Black to appeal Jennifer Cardy conviction

Robert Black
Image caption Robert Black, seen here in the early 1980s, had a history of sexually abusing and murdering children

Child serial killer Robert Black is to appeal against his latest convictions for kidnapping and murdering schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy.

Black, 64, was found guilty last month of snatching Jennifer as she cycled to a friend's house in Ballinderry, County Antrim in 1981.

He then murdered the nine-year-old before dumping her body.

It is understood his legal team will submit appeal papers to the court authorities within two weeks.

The former delivery driver, who was in the region on a work trip from London, caught a ferry back to England after carrying out the killing.

Following a six week trial, the jury at Armagh Crown Court delivered unanimous guilty verdicts on the counts of kidnap and murder after four hours and 15 minutes of deliberations.

Already serving multiple life sentences in Wakefield prison in England, Black is due to be sentenced for Jennifer's kidnap and murder by judge Mr Justice Ronald Weatherup on 8 December.

Her murder was the fourth for which Black has been convicted.

In 1994, he was found guilty of three unsolved child murders in the 1980s - those of 11-year-old Susan Maxwell, from the Scottish Borders, five-year-old Caroline Hogg, from Edinburgh, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds.

Detectives in England are reviewing the evidence against Black in connection with another schoolgirl's disappearance.

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