I’m sick of this, says Moors murderer after walking out of his hearing
The Moors murderer Ian Brady was admonished by a judge hearing his mental health tribunal after he walked out and complained: “I’ve listened to this ad nauseam.”
Brady, 75, left the hearing for two hours, and later made clear he was bored by listening to psychiatric evidence he knew “by heart”. He also suggested one of the three panel members who will decide his fate had fallen asleep.
Brady left the hearing at Ashworth maximum security hospital while an advocate for the hospital cross-examined a forensic psychologist called by Brady’s legal team.
When Dr Adrian Grounds had finished giving evidence, by which time Brady had returned, Judge Robert Atherton, chairman of the tribunal panel, asked Brady if he wanted to say something.
The child killer, wearing tinted glasses, a dark jacket, white shirt and tie, mumbled: “I’ve listened to this ad nauseam. I know it by heart.”
Referring to Dr Cameron Boyd, another member of the panel, Brady said: “It even apparently lulls him to sleep.”
Judge Atherton cut him off, saying: “We will hear the evidence. If we take the view someone is wasting time you can be pretty certain they will be told.”
Brady, who has been held at Ashworth since he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 1985, is thought to have returned to his bedroom during his absence.
Brady is trying to persuade the tribunal panel that he should be declared sane and transferred back into the prison system so he can starve himself to death. He has been force-fed through a nasal tube since going on hunger strike in 1999.
The hearing, which is being relayed by video link to a court in Manchester, was told that he carried a pen between his knuckles as a “weapon” until it was taken from him last September when he brandished it in the face of a patient.
Eleanor Grey QC, representing Ashworth hospital, told the tribunal: “He is fearful that he will be jumped or attacked by other patients.”
She added: “He is extremely socially withdrawn or isolated, at least since the withdrawal of his pen. He's got a nocturnal existence really, only coming out at night time when other patients are not there.
"At present he's currently sleeping under the covers but with his clothes on.
"His room is habitually disorganised and not looked after by him."
In May last year after Brady was feeling physically unwell, he was noted saying about his fellow patients: "In these penal s***holes, any sign of weakness and this lot will jump you."
He had never been assaulted on the ward, the tribunal heard.
Following a seizure he suffered last July he remarked that he did not want to appear weakened following treatment if he had to walk down the hospital corridor in full sight of other patients.
Hospital notes recorded noted him saying: "If I have to, I will never let them see me in pain. I will act as if I have not a care in the world."
Brady will only deal with people “high up” in the hierarchy of Ashworth hospital because he believes others are beneath him, the hearing was told.
Dr Grounds described him as “a very astute observer, a calculator, a strategist”.
He said Brady had picked battles with the authorities during his time behind bars because he wanted to "win".
"He wants to win something, he has goals," the witness said. "The investment in personal battles is something that keeps him going."
He said Brady’s 14-year hunger strike was part of a protest by him rather than a “suicidal” wish and he had always co-operated with the process of being fed through a tube.
Brady and his partner Myra Hindley murdered five children between 1963 and 1965.
The hearing continues.