Child killer Black died of heart attack
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.
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