Child killer Black died of heart at­tack

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BY MICHAEL McHUGH SE­RIAL child killer Robert Black died from a heart at­tack, an in­quest jury have con­firmed.

The ex-de­liv­ery driver from Falkirk, who mur­dered four school­girls be­tween 1981 and 1986, died in his cell in Maghaberry prison in County Antrim in Jan­uary 2016. He was 68.

Ju­rors found he had suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest. Heavy smok­ing and a life­time of lit­tle ex­er­cise were un­der­ly­ing fac­tors.

They said there were no de­fects in his treat­ment by health au­thor­i­ties or in the sys­tems used by North­ern Ire­land’s prison ser­vice.

The Coro­ner’s Ser­vice couldn’t trace any of Black’s fam­ily mem­bers. His vic­tims’ rel­a­tives also stayed away from the in­quest.

Black was serv­ing a num­ber of life sen­tences when he died.

He was con­victed in 1994 of kid­nap­ping, rap­ing and mur­der­ing Su­san Maxwell, 11, Caroline Hogg, five, and Sarah Harper, 10.

In 2011, he was con­victed of mur­der­ing Jen­nifer Cardy, nine, in the same Ar­magh court where the in­quest was held.

IN­QUEST Robert Black

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