Friday 20 April 2018

Brady asked for his ashes to be scattered on the moors

Murderer Ian Brady who has died aged 79 Photo: Handout/PA
Murderer Ian Brady who has died aged 79 Photo: Handout/PA

Martin Evans in London

Ian Brady made a final request that his ashes be scattered on the moors where he buried his victims, a coroner has suggested.

The British serial child killer is believed to have made the demand in his will, but an inquest into his death heard that such an act would be “offensive” and morally improper. A coroner refused to release his body last night until assurances were given that any such demand was not met. Brady died of heart failure on Monday night.

At the inquest into his death, held at Southport Town Hall yesterday, senior coroner  Christopher Sumner said Brady’s ashes should not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor – the place where he and Myra Hindley buried their victim’s bodies.

Terry West (66), whose sister Lesley Ann Downey was murdered by Brady, said: “It is the final act of a twisted, evil man. For the coroner to order this ban must mean Brady stipulated his ashes should be scattered on Saddleworth Moor.”

Mr West was informed by police that Brady had died in a telephone call at 9pm on Monday. He opened a bottle of wine to mark the event. “We have been waiting for him to die for 50 years,” he said.

Brady’s lawyer  visited him before his death to discuss his funeral arrangements, but would not disclose what requests the killer made.

But Chief Insp Ian Hanson, of the Greater Manchester branch of the Police Federation, said: “When somebody dies, it is natural in a civilised society that we show compassion. However, there are exceptions – and this monster is one of them.”

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