Friday, 9 December 2011

Moors murderer Ian Brady to face public hearing

Moors murderer Ian Brady will face a public hearing on whether he should be returned to prison.
Brady, jailed in 1966 for the murder of three children, has been detained at Ashworth hospital since 1985.
In August 2010, Brady made a request that a review into where he is imprisoned be open to the public.
It is only the second mental health tribunal hearing to be held in public. A judge granted permission in October, but it can only now be reported.
In October, Albert Haines set legal history when his unsuccessful bid for release from Broadmoor Hospital was heard in public.
Judge Robert Atherton ruled that his reasons for the decision to hold Brady's hearing in public would not be disclosed.
Psychopath diagnosis Brady, who was born in Glasgow, wants to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die.
Brady, now 73, and his partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s, sexually torturing their victims before burying their bodies on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment, in 1966, for murdering 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey, Edward Evans, 17 and John Kilbride, who was 12.
In November 1985, he was diagnosed as a psychopath, sectioned under the Mental Health Act and transferred from prison to Ashworth, a maximum security hospital.
In 1987, Brady and Hindley confessed to murdering two other children, Keith Bennett, 12, and Pauline Reade, 16.
In the same year, the pair were taken back to Saddleworth Moor to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline's body was found.
Hindley, who died in jail in November 2002 aged 60, was also convicted of murdering Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans.
The date of Brady's hearing is yet to be set.

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