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Pathologist contradicts findings over Jennifer Cardy’s cause of death

11th October 2011

One of the UK’s leading pathologists has been giving evidence at the Jennifer Cardy murder trial. Dr Nathaniel Cary was asked to review the case in 2003, 21 years after Jennifer’s death.

His findings contradicted those of the original pathologist, who found the cause of her death to be drowning.

Convicted child-killer Robert Black, 64, denies killing the nine-year-old, near Ballinderry in August 1981.

In 2003 Dr Cary re-examined the original findings of the post-mortem examination carried out on Jennifer’s body in 1981.

At that time, the then state pathologist for Northern Ireland, Professor Thomas Marshall, found the cause of death to be drowning and said he could not say that Jennifer had been sexually assaulted.

Dr Cary said he was uncomfortable contradicting someone of Professor Marshall’s standing but that he was convinced Jennifer could have been strangled before being put in the water at McKee’s Dam, near Hillsborough, where her body was found six days after she went missing.

He said this could possibly have been with the sleeve of her own cardigan.

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