Moors Murderer Ian Brady falls ill ahead of tribunal over possible move to Scottish prison
MOORS Murderer Ian Brady is undergoing a series of tests after becoming “acutely physically unwell” ahead of a mental health tribunal on Monday regarding his application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die.
• Ian Brady taken to hospital after becoming ‘acutely physically unwell’
• Moors Murderer wants to die in a Scottish prison
• Brady has been tube-fed since refusing food 12 years ago
His appearance at the hearing is now in doubt after he was taken ill at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside where he has spent the last 25 years.
A hospital spokesman said today: “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.”
His solicitor, Richard Nicholas, confirmed his client was in hospital but said he could not comment any further on what happened.
He said the tribunal “was obviously very important”, adding: “We are waiting for a decision. We hope it’s not going to be affected.”
Brady, who was born in Glasgow, wants to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die.
The mental health hearing 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.
It is understood Brady was taken to Fazakerley Hospital in Aintree shortly after 2pm yesterday.
He arrived at a rear entrance surrounded by guards and with a blanket over his head, a witness said.
Visitors and other patients in the hospital were held in corridors while he passed through to his ward.
There is now a massive security presence at the hospital.
It is also understood the murderer is on a respirator for breathing problems.
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 the 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.
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