Moors killer Ian Brady to publicly appeal for right to die
IAN Brady, the notorious Moors Murderer, will appear in public for the first time in years to argue for a move from a top-security hospital so he can fulfil his wish to die in a mainstream prison.
Brady, who with his partner Myra Hindley was responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s, will appear at only the second mental health tribunal to be held in public in Britain as he pushes for a move from Ashworth Hospital where he has been held for the past 25 years.
Brady has been on hunger strike since 1999 to try to end his life but has been force-fed through tubes. This procedure is allowed at psychiatric hospitals but it would not be allowed in a prison. "Without the powers of the Mental Health Act, it will not be possible for the authorities to continue with this forced feeding regime," said his solicitor Richard Nicholas.
Brady -- now aged 73 and who has said he wants to die in prison -- failed in a legal attempt 10 years ago to be allowed to starve himself to death. The High Court was given a letter in 2001 in which he stated: "I have merely decided that, after 34 years' captivity and a future of dying slowly in a regressive, penal warehouse, I wish to exit."
Successive British governments have ruled out freeing him because of the brutality of his crimes. Hindley died in prison in November 2002.
Judge Robert Atherton agreed in October to allow the hearing to be held in public following an application by Brady but it could only be reported for the first time yesterday. No date or venue has been set.
Brady, then aged 28, was convicted in 1966 with Hindley of murdering Lesley Ann Downey (10) and Edward Evans (17). Brady was also convicted of murdering John Kilbride (12).
The pair lured the children away and sexually tortured them before they buried their bodies. In 1987, the pair admitted killing young Keith Bennett, who was snatched in 1964, and Pauline Reade (16).
In October, the first psychiatric patient to have an appeal against detention held in public lost his legal battle to be freed from Broadmoor Hospital. Albert Haines (52) made legal history when he successfully argued that his case should be considered at an open hearing. But a mental health tribunal ruled he should not be released. (© Independent News Service)