Ian Brady: Victim’s family call for appeal end

Terry Kilbride, whose brother John was killed by Ian Brady. Picture: PA
Terry Kilbride, whose brother John was killed by Ian Brady. Picture: PA
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THE family of one of Ian Brady’s victims have urged him to call an end to his legal fight after it emerged he could mount a fresh appeal as early as next year.

Moors Murderer Brady, 75, is said to want to fight on to overturn last week’s decision to refuse to let him go back to prison.

Police in Scotland have also confirmed that there are no ongoing investigations involving Brady despite newly-published letters that claim he murdered four more people, including north of the border.

Brady lost a £250,000 bid on Friday to be transferred from high-security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside after a tribunal ruled that he suffers from a mental illness which requires him to remain detained under the Mental Health Act.

Brady’s legal team is expected to wait for the publication of the panel’s full reasons for refusal before making a decision on whether to appeal or not.

However Terry Kilbride, whose 12-year-old brother John was murdered by Brady and Myra Hindley in 1963, said Brady’s legal costs could have helped fund a new search for the remains of Keith Bennett, the only missing Moors Murders victim.

Kilbride, 59, from Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “This should be done and dusted now. He should lose any other entitlements and shouldn’t be entitled to any more of these pantomime hearings.

“He has been proved to be mentally ill and I believe he always has been. All this has brought it all back for the families just to prove something we already knew.”

Brady and Hindley were convicted of the murders of John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans. They later confessed to killing Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett.

Previously unpublished letters released on Friday have revealed claims by Brady that he had other victims – one in his native Glasgow, one near Loch Long and a man and woman in Manchester.

In the letters, sent in 1989, Brady also told journalist and author Brendan Pittaway that Bennett’s body, which has never been recovered, is buried in Yorkshire, not on Saddleworth Moor, in Greater Manchester.

Darren Shenton, head of Greater Manchester Police’s serious crime division, said that during the 1980s, the detective heading up the investigation looked into claims that Brady may have been involved in other murders. “These claims were fully investigated based on the information available at the time and were not substantiated.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We have no ongoing inquiries into Ian Brady.”

The tribunal was the first time Brady has been seen in public since the 1980s, when he was taken back to Saddleworth Moor in the search for the bodies of two of his victims, and the first time he had spoken in public since being jailed for life in 1966.

The judge said: “The tribunal has concluded that Mr Ian Stewart Brady continues to suffer from a mental disorder which is of a nature and degree which makes it appropriate for him to continue to receive medical treatment, and that it is necessary for his health and safety and for the protection of other persons that he should receive such treatment in hospital, and that appropriate medical treatment is available for him.”

At the tribunal, Brady challenged the order made under the Mental Health Act when he was transferred from prison to Ashworth in 1985.

His legal team argued that, despite his severe personality disorder, he was not mentally ill and no longer fulfilled the legal criteria for detention in hospital.