Moors murderer Ian Brady admitted to hospital after suffering a seizure
MOORS murderer Ian Brady has been admitted to a general hospital after suffering a seizure.
The 74-year-old, who is detained at the secure psychiatric Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool, was transferred to Fazackerly Hospital in the city after becoming 'acutely ill' yesterday.
He is currently undergoing a series of tests and is expected to be kept in for observation for at least 24 hours.
A spokesman for Ashworth Hospital said it was too early to comment on his condition, but said two members of staff from the unit would remain in his single room at all times, while two others would be situated outside the room during his stay.
Brady was convicted of the murders of three children in 1966 alongside his then girlfriend Myra Hindley.
The pair lured children and teenagers to their deaths, torturing them before burying their bodies on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester.
The crimes shocked the nation and in 1987 they confessed to two further murders.
Brady has been detained at Ashworth hospital since 1985 while Hindley died in 2002, aged 60, after suffering a chest infection and suspected heart attack.
He began refusing food 12-years ago in a bid to starve himself to death but as he is sectioned under the Mental Health Act the authorities are compelled to keep him alive.
He is currently force fed twice daily by a tube inserted in his nose.
On Monday he was due to attend a public mental health review tribunal in which he was to apply for a transfer to an ordinary Scottish prison where the authorities would not be permitted to force feed him.
He was due to give evidence via videolink to a hearing at which the press and around 80 members of the public were to attend.
It is not clear whether the hearing will still go ahead.
Brady has spent the last 25 years at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.
A spokesman for the hospital said: "Ian Brady, a patient at Ashworth Hospital, has been admitted to a general hospital after becoming acutely physically unwell on the ward.
"He is undergoing a series of tests and as a precaution he will be kept in.
"Ian Brady, 74, is in a single room and will be accompanied in that room at all times by two nurses from Ashworth Hospital. Two other members of Ashworth Hospital staff will also be on duty outside his room throughout his stay in the general hospital.
"It is too soon to provide a comment about his condition."
Yesterday, the solicitor acting on behalf of the mother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett said she would not be attending the mental health tribunal as it would be "too traumatic" for her.
Last December, Winnie Johnson, 78, said she hoped to come "face to face with her son's killer after a judge ruled Brady's tribunal would be held in public.
But her solicitor, John Ainley, senior partner at North Ainley Halliwell, said Mrs Johnson was currently in hospital and not well enough to attend.
He added: "In any event, it would be too traumatic for her to have any involvement in a hearing that deals with Ian Brady.
"Winnie has made it perfectly clear over the years that she considers Ian Brady should remain in a mental hospital for the remainder of his natural life and not be transferred to a prison either in England or Scotland."
Mr Ainley said his client still wanted answers from Brady.
"She has only one question to ask Ian Brady," he said. "That is 'Where is my son Keith?"'
Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s.
They lured children and teenagers to their deaths, with victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester.
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 abducted 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 at Chester Assizes in 1966 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 also jailed for life.
In 1987 the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline.
Both were taken back to Saddleworth Moor in 1987 to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline's body was found.
Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60.
Brady, who was born in Glasgow, wants to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die.
The mental health hearing, due to be held on July 9, could be a rare chance to see the Moors Murderer in public.
It is only the second time that such a hearing has been held in public.
The tribunal is due to take place at the hospital and be relayed to the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester, where the public will be able to observe the proceedings, Judge Robert Atherton ruled.