THE brother of one of the victims of Moors murderer Ian Brady has claimed the mental health tribunal is “a complete waste of taxpayers’ money”.
Legal experts estimate the child killer’s tribunal in which he is bidding to be transferred from hospital to prison will cost about £250,000.
Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were convicted of luring children and teenagers to their deaths, with their victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor.
Terry Kilbride, the brother of John, who was snatched in November 1963, aged 12, said the money spent on the tribunal should have gone towards finding the body of another victim, Keith Bennett.
He said yesterday: “I think all of this is just a complete waste of taxpayers’ money to be honest. He’ll try anything to be in the limelight. He likes to be number one.
“I think all this must have cost millions, this tribunal. Why wasn’t it spent on finding Keith Bennett instead? That would have been more logical.”
Brady has previously said he wants to starve himself to death in jail where he cannot be force fed.
But Mr Kilbride said he did not believe that Brady wanted to kill himself. “I do think he enjoys life too much, I think he enjoys manipulating everybody like he does, especially the families like he has done over the years.”
David Kirwan, the former solicitor of Keith Bennett’s mother, said: “Including the cost of the court, the judge, the lawyers and all the experts, we’re looking at about £250,000 for the tribunal. Some people will be outraged.”
He went on: “He’s got his wish after 50 years. He’s now got the oxygen of a full-blown performance and he’s won.”
Mr Kirwan insisted that Brady should not be granted his wish to return to prison. “To give him anything is an affront to moral justice,” he said. “He gave his victims nothing.”
The solicitor, who had a series of meetings with Brady at Ashworth Hospital in 2006, said he did not believe the Moors murderer would commit suicide as he regularly feeds himself.
“That isn’t a person who is on hunger strike. That isn’t a man who has a really serious credible intention of taking his own life. That is nonsense. I don’t believe it at all,” he added.
Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, criticised the cost. “The legal wrangling over Brady’s incarceration has cost taxpayers far too much already,” he said.
Background - Psychopath one of UK’s most notorious killers
BY CLAIMING the lives of five children and teenagers, Ian Brady became one of Britain’s most notorious killers.
The illegitimate son of a Scottish waitress, his violent personality was shaped by an unstable background. His mother neglected him and he was raised by foster parents in the Gorbals in Glasgow.
After a spree of petty crime as a teenager, the courts sent him to Manchester to live with his mother and her new husband, Patrick Brady. He adopted Brady’s surname, having been born Ian Stewart.
After meeting his future accomplice, Myra Hindley, at the Manchester company at which they both worked, they would go on to carry out the murders in the 1960s.
At least three of them were buried on Saddleworth Moor, near the Lancashire town of Oldham.
Details of the crimes shocked Britain, not least because Brady’s accomplice was a woman but also because of the complete lack of remorse either showed during the subsequent trial.
The victims of the pair – who became known as the Moors Murderers – were Pauline Reade, 16, who disappeared on her way to a party in July 1963; 12-year-old John Kilbride, snatched in November the same year; Keith Bennett, also 12, who was last seen in June 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, ten, who was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964, and Edward Evans, a 17-year-old who was killed in October 1965.
Brady was jailed in 1966 for three counts of murder. In 1985, he was transferred from a prison to the high-security Ashworth hospital in Merseyside, after he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act following his diagnosis as a psychopath.