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How we built the case that brought a child killer to justice; QC reveals painstaking work that twice nailed Robert Black.

Byline: Dan Warburton

THE barrister who led the case against child killer Robert Black has told how two decades of painstaking work ensured a conviction.

Tyneside-born Toby Hedworth QC was a junior counsel when Robert Black was jailed in Newcastle in 1994 for the murders of three young girls.

Last week, he led the case against Black, who was convicted of a fourth killing, that of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy, in Northern Ireland in 1981.

The case was built around detailed analysis of van driver Black's movements.

Black always refused to give evidence during his trials. But he was a chilling presence in the courtroom.

"He listens intently to what people are saying but he never shows any emotions at all," said Mr Hedworth. "The atmosphere in the court was the most intense I've ever come across."


PAINSTAKING WORK Toby Hedworth can reflect on a job well done
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2011
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