Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Moors killer Brady back at Ashworth

Moors Murderer Ian Brady was taken to hospital after becoming 'acutely physically unwell'
Moors Murderer Ian Brady was taken to hospital after becoming 'acutely physically unwell'

Moors Murderer Ian Brady has been returned to Ashworth psychiatric hospital after undergoing medical tests, officials have confirmed.

Brady, 74, who, with Myra Hindley, murdered five children in the 1960s, is understood to have suffered a seizure earlier this week and was taken to Fazakerley General Hospital in Aintree, Liverpool.

A spokeswoman for Ashworth, where the serial killer has been detained for the last 27 years, said he had "recovered enough" to be discharged from Fazakerley but remained "physically unwell".

A spokeswoman for Ashworth, in Maghull, Merseyside, said Brady became "acutely physically unwell" on Monday.

"He underwent a series of tests and was kept in for observation but has now recovered enough to return to Ashworth," she added.

"(He) remains physically unwell and will be treated by Ashworth Hospital's own physical healthcare team in conjunction with any expert input required from consultants at the general hospital."

Brady has been tube-fed since refusing food 12 years ago. He is due to attend a mental health tribunal on Monday regarding his application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die, but his appearance at that hearing remains in doubt.

Brady, who was born in Glasgow, wants to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die. The mental health hearing on Monday could be a rare chance to see him in public. It is only the second time such a hearing has been held in public.

The tribunal is due to take place at Ashworth and be relayed to the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester, where the public will be able to observe the proceedings, Judge Robert Atherton ruled.

Brady's solicitor, Richard Nicholas, said he "remained hopeful" the tribunal will go ahead as planned.

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