I am not psychotic, Moors murderer Ian Brady tells tribunal
Ian Brady seeking right to return to prison from mental hospital
Court artist sketch of Moors murderer Ian Brady (left)appearing via video at his mental health tribunal at Manchester Civil Justice Centre last week. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Ian Brady: jailed for life in 1966.
Myra Hindley, partner of Ian Brady, who died in prison in 2002. Photograph: ITV/Wild Productions/PA Wire
Moors Murderer Ian Brady told his mental health tribunal today that he is not “psychotic” and should be allowed to return to prison.
But the child killer refused to directly answer if he would kill himself in jail if he gets his wish to be transferred from a maximum security hospital.
Brady (75), has brought the tribunal, which is being held in public, because he believes he is not mentally ill and wants to be transferred to a prison from maximum security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside, where he has been held for 28 years.
The child killer, who claims to have been on hunger strike since 1999, is being fed through a tube in his nose.
Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and tie and his customary dark glasses, Brady spoke for the first time publicly at length since he was jailed for life in 1966 for killing three children.
His barrister, Nathalie Lieven QC, asked him directly if he wished to kill himself in prison. “If you are transferred back to prison, you will try to commit suicide, is that right?”
He replied: “I have been asked the question repeatedly. I have answered hypothetically from all angles.
“In prison you are a monkey in a cage being poked with a stick. How can you pretend to be omnipotent? You cannot make plans when you have no freedom of control, movement or anything. As I say, a monkey in a cage being poked by a stick.
“You cannot talk sensibly about anything with a question like that.”
Brady was directly asked why he wanted to leave Ashworth. He said originally it was a “decent and progressive” regime when it was the “star” of the specialist hospitals such as Broadmoor and Rampton. But he complained that the regime changed when Ashworth went from being run by the Home Office to being under the control of the NHS.
“Security ruled care,” he said. “Of course, that was not official policy, it was covert.” He described Ashworth, and the like, now as a “penal warehouse”.
Ms Lieven asked Brady why he was not prepared to be treated with anti-psychotic drugs.
He replied: “I am not psychotic.”
He went on to criticise psychiatrists as he told the panel that he was “not interested” in being analysed.
“Some of these psychiatrists, I would throw a net over them,” he said. “I would not allow them on the street. They are unbelievable. How has this person got the job in the first place and how is it they’re able to hold the job?”
He also reserved scorn for the media and its continued interest in him. “Why are they still talking about Jack the Ripper, after a century? Because of the dramatic background, the fog, cobbled streets.