Moors murderer to stay in mental hospital after losing bid to return to jail

Tribunal says Ian Brady continues to suffer from mental disorder requiring hospital treatment

Ian Brady, now aged 75, has been held in Ashworth maximum security hospital since he was transferred there from prison in 1985. Photograph: handout/PA Wire Undated handout photo of Moors Murderer Ian Brady who is due to learn whether he can be transferred to prison from the maximum security hospital where he is being held. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 28, 2013. The Judicial Communications Office said a decision would be released at about midday. Brady’s bid for a move from Ashworth Hospital has been heard at a mental health tribunal, which adjourned on Wednesday. His lawyers have questioned whether the hospital has “lost perspective” in being drawn into a battle with the child killer who has previously claimed he wants to kill himself in jail where he cannot be force-fed. On Tuesday, Brady, 75, told the tribunal panel sitting at the hospital in Merseyside that he is not psychotic or insane and should be allowed to serve the rest of his whole life term in prison. Three independent experts called by Brady’s legal team have concluded he is not mentally ill but agree he has a severe personality disorder. See PA story TRIBUNAL Brady. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Moors murderer Ian Brady will stay in a top-security hospital near Liverpool, following a tribunal's refusal yesterday to let him go back to prison where he wants to starve himself to death.

In its judgment, the tribunal said Brady “continues to suffer from a mental disorder which is of a nature and degree which makes it appropriate for him to continue to receive medical treatment.

“It is necessary for his health and safety and for the protection of other persons that he should receive such treatment in hospital and that appropriate medical treatment is available for him.”

Brady, now aged 75, has been held in Ashworth since he was transferred there from prison in 1985.


He was convicted with Myra Hindley of the so-called Moors murders in 1966.

The Scot, who claims to have been on hunger-strike for over a decade, is frequently fed by a gastric tube through his nose. He insisted that he was not mentally ill and should be sent back to prison.

Victims’ families have criticised giving Brady the opportunity to “grandstand” at the mental health tribunal, while others described the hearing as a “circus” and a “complete waste of taxpayers’ money”.

The tribunal was the first time Brady has been seen in public since the 1980s, when he was taken back to Saddleworth Moor in the search for the bodies of two of his victims, and the first time he had spoken in public since being jailed for life at Chester Assizes in 1966.

Brady, whose legal costs are estimated to be about £250,000 – and paid by the taxpayer, as he gets legal aid – has the right to challenge the decision, which would require a further hearing at an upper tribunal.

Mark Hennessy

Mark Hennessy

Mark Hennessy is Ireland and Britain Editor with The Irish Times