Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Brady: Tribunal decision political

Extracts from a 700-word letter penned by Moors Murderer Ian Brady (Channel 5 News/PA)

Moors Murderer Ian Brady has criticised the "politically motivated" decision to keep him as a patient at a maximum security hospital.

Last month Brady lost his legal bid to be transferred to a prison and was told he will instead remain a patient at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside for the foreseeable future on the grounds that he is mentally insane.

In reaction to the decision, Brady wrote a 700-word letter to Channel 5 News in which he criticised the decision of the mental health tribunal, the witnesses who gave evidence and the public money spent on it.

He said: "£250,000 wasted by Ashworth medical mediocrities manipulating a politically motivated tribunal ... designed to distract public attention from the lack of reasoned argument and pertinent evidence."

Brady - who has long-term paranoid schizophrenia - also criticised the health professionals who gave evidence at the tribunal. He wrote: "The pathetic petty abuse... rubberstamp witnesses employed to smear, discredit and distract, revealed more about Ashworth's collective culture of applied ignorance and malice than it did about me. Those listening in the real world would have doubted their senses."

Speaking to Channel 5 News, Terry Kilbride, brother of John Kilbride who was 13 when he was strangled and buried by Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley, said: "He shows how twisted he is ... in letters that he writes and the way he speaks like he spoke at the tribunal - not answering the questions.

"He wants to be there again - in the public eye, saying 'It's all been a fix' so he can have an appeal and do it all again and waste another £250,000."

In the two-page letter, Brady also reveals he is a keen viewer of the satellite news channel Al Jazeera and refuses to watch the BBC. He said: "The daily format of PC dumbed-down pulp has even infected the BBC, especially after the Blair/Campbell 'sexed-up dossier', a criminal attempt to destroy and control. Al Jazeera and text are my news sources now."

Victims' families have criticised giving Brady, 75, the opportunity to "grandstand" at the mental health tribunal, while others described the hearing as a "circus" and a "complete waste of taxpayers' money".

The tribunal was the first time Brady had 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 at Chester Assizes in 1966.

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