Thursday 14 December 2017

Killer's fame 'affected care'

Kim Pilling

The hospital treatment of Moors murderer Ian Brady may have been affected by his notoriety, his mental health tribunal heard yesterday.

Staying in the same place and with the same care team for 30 years was "exceptional" and not a "healthy position", consultant psychologist David Glasgow told the hearing.

Brady (75) has brought the tribunal, because he believes he is not mentally ill and wants to be transferred to a normal prison.

The child killer, 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 mentally ill and so tube fed.

Mr Glasgow said he thought the current nursing care provided to Brady did not amount to treatment and the hospital's overall therapeutic approach did not appear to have any goals.

He said: "My concern is that his notoriety has affected his treatment."

Irish Independent

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