Friday 17 November 2017

Ian Brady to testify at tribunal that he is not mentally ill

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Moors Murderer Ian Brady appearing via video at his mental health tribunal at Manchester Civil Justice Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Moors Murderer Ian Brady appearing via video at his mental health tribunal at Manchester Civil Justice Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Moors murderer Ian Brady

Pat Hurst

Moors Murderer Ian Brady is to speak publicly for the first time since he was jailed for life in 1966, as he bids to leave a mental hospital.

The paedophile child-killer will give evidence in person on Tuesday to a tribunal sitting at maximum security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.

Brady has brought the mental health tribunal, which is being held in public, because he believes he is not mentally ill and wants to be transferred to a prison.

The 75-year-old, who has been on hunger strike since 1999, believes he will be able to starve himself to death in a jail - currently he is assessed as being chronically mentally ill and is fed through a tube in his nose.

Judge Robert Atherton, chairing the three-man panel hearing the tribunal, said today: "We are going to take Mr Brady's evidence on Tuesday.

"Mr Brady will be giving evidence on Tuesday. He will probably be the last witness."

The hearing is being relayed to the press and public on TV screens at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

Brady was given life at Chester Assizes on May 6 1966 - the last time he spoke in a public forum as he denied a series of child murders.

Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were convicted of luring children and teenagers to their deaths, with their victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor.

Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year. Keith Bennett was taken on June 16 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.

Brady was given life for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.

Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John's murder, and jailed for life. She died in hospital, still a prisoner, in November 2002 at the age of 60.

Brady was moved out of the prison system to Ashworth in 1985 as his mental health deteriorated.

The tribunal is sitting to determine whether he can be allowed to return to jail to continue serving his whole life sentence.

Brady's legal team have called their own expert who told the hearing the patient has a severe narcissistic personality disorder but is not mentally ill and could be treated in prison rather than hospital.

But expert psychologists called by Ashworth say Brady is still chronically mentally ill and is a paranoid schizophrenic who should remain at the hospital.

He has refused medication and therapy for his mental disorders since 2000 as he is "wholly resistant" to any treatment and now tries to hide his mental illness, the tribunal heard.

The hearing, which began on Monday, has heard that Brady sometimes hallucinates - and is observed talking to himself, leads a nocturnal existence, only coming out of his room at night, and regards himself superior to other patients and staff.

He is described as being routinely angry, irritable and abusive and constantly grumbles about being in Ashworth.

Mental health tribunals are normally held in private but Brady, whose legal costs are funded by the taxpayer, won the right to have his heard in public - only the second time it has been done.

Dr James Collins, the lead clinician at Ashworth, said the first reference to Brady wanting a public hearing was in 1982 and he had repeatedly asked for it since 2004.

Brady is "pathologically narcissistic" and wants a "win" over the authorities, the tribunal has heard.

The tribunal has heard that, as the "the best-known paedophile in this country", he would be a target for other prisoners if he was transferred to a jail.

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