Robert Black: Child killer's ashes scattered at sea

The ashes of convicted child killer Robert Black have been scattered at sea.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22nd February 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2016, 10:10 am
Child killer Robert Black who died last month
Child killer Robert Black who died last month

There were concerns that his remains could have been returned for internment in a Falkirk area cemetery as he had been born and brought up in the district.

Black (68), was convicted of the murders of four young girls from across the UK in the 1980s, but he was suspected of being involved in further abduction, abuse and murder cases.

He died from natural causes in Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland on January 12.

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The Northern Ireland Prison Service said his ashes were scattered “without ceremony, beyond these shores”.

A spokesperson said this was done in the absence of anyone claiming his remains and “in accordance with the legal requirements for disposal”.

The former van driver was serving life for the murder of Jennifer Cardy (9) in County Antrim in 1981, although his conviction only came in 2011.

In 1984 he had been found guilty of the murder of Sarah Harper (10), of Leeds, Susan Maxwell (11), of Northumberland, and Caroline Hogg (5) of Edinburgh.

Black had been born to single mother Jesse Hunter Black, a Grangemouth factory worker who put him up for fostering within weeks. He never knew his father.

He was sent to foster parents in Kinlochleven, near Glencoe, and on their death 11 years later he returned to the Falkirk area and was placed in Redding Children’s Home.

Aged 12, he was accused of trying to rape a young girl and moved to an all-boys’ home in Musselburgh.

In 1962, he moved to Greenock and within a year was accused of molesting a seven-year-old girl but was let off with a caution.

Four years later, back working as a builder in Kinlochleven, he was reported for abusing the nine-year-old daughter of the family he lodged with and sent to Polmont Borstal.

On he release he moved to London and in 1976 obtained his driving licence which allowed him to roam the country and target his innocent young victims.