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Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s body released to lawyer

The 79-year-old serial killer died on Monday.

The body of Moors Murderer Ian Brady has been released to his lawyer.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said the coroner’s office had confirmed the mortuary release form had been sent to the place where the killer’s body is being held under police guard.

The form means Brady’s body has been released and is now the property of the executor of his will, solicitor Robin Makin.

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The 79-year-old serial killer died at 6.02pm on Monday at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside.

Opening an inquest into his death on Tuesday, senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner delayed the release of his body to ask for assurances that a funeral director and crematorium willing to take it had been found.

He also asked for an assurance the ashes of Brady would not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, where the remains of four of Brady and Myra Hindley’s five child victims were found.

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At a reconvened hearing on Wednesday, the coroner’s court heard Mr Makin had said there was “no likelihood” the ashes would be scattered there.

Mr Sumner delayed the body’s release until Thursday to allow Merseyside Police to negotiate with Mr Makin about arrangements for the funeral.

Brady and Hindley were jailed for life for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17.

They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Responsibility for the body has now transferred to the executor of Ian Brady’s will and Merseyside Police has no further involvement.”

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