Monday 20 November 2017

Ian Brady funeral: 'No music or ceremony' at burial of Moors Murderer, judge rules

Undated file handout photo of Ian Brady Photo: Handout/PA Wire
Undated file handout photo of Ian Brady Photo: Handout/PA Wire

Cathy Gordon and Jan Colley

Moors Murderer Ian Brady's body must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a judge has ruled.

The decision was announced in London today by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.

Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 this year but his remains have not yet been disposed of.

Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer's body so that it can be “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay”.

Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s. Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

The judge said Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council were concerned that, five months after Brady's death, his executor, solicitor Robin Makin, had failed to make proper arrangements for the disposal.

File photo dated 22 November 1965 of Ian Brady, while in police custody prior to his court appearance for the Moors Murders PA
File photo dated 22 November 1965 of Ian Brady, while in police custody prior to his court appearance for the Moors Murders PA

“I am satisfied also that it is both necessary and expedient for the matter to be taken out of Mr Makin's hands if the deceased's body is to be disposed of quickly, lawfully and decently.

“Even after a hearing that has lasted for one and a half days, the parties have not been able to agree precisely how the deceased's body should be disposed of.

“Section 116 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 and the court's inherent jurisdiction over estates allows it in this case to give directions as to who should dispose of the deceased body, and as to how it should be disposed of.”

He added: “I decline to permit the playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony Fantastique at the cremation as Mr Makin requested.

“As the composer's programme notes describe, the theme and subject of the piece means legitimate offence would be caused to the families of the deceased's victims once it became known it had been played.

“It was not suggested by Mr Makin that the deceased had requested any other music to be played or any other ceremony to be performed, and in those circumstances, I propose to direct that there be no music and no ceremony.”

In his ruling, the judge said: “As to the playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony during the cremation, I need only quote the description of that movement from Wikipedia for it to be seen how inappropriate it would be:

”'Fifth movement: “Songe d'une nuit du sabbat” (Dream of the Night of the Sabbath): In both the program notes, Berlioz wrote:

“'[The musician] sees himself at a witches' sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral.

“'Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts.

“'The beloved melody appears once more, but has now lost its noble and shy character; it is now no more than a vulgar dance tune, trivial and grotesque: it is she who is coming to the sabbath ... Roar of delight at her arrival ... She joins the diabolical orgy ...

“'The funeral knell tolls, burlesque parody of the Dies irae, the dance of the witches ...'.

“I have no difficulty in understanding how legitimate offence would be caused to the families of the deceased's victims once it became known that this movement had been played at his cremation. I decline to permit it.”

Independent News Service

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