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Voice of Moors murderer Ian Brady is to be heard in public

BY PAT HURST

Moors murderer Ian Brady is to speak publicly for the first time since he was jailed for life in 1966, as he bids to leave a mental hospital.

The paedophile child-killer will give evidence in person on Tuesday to a tribunal sitting at maximum security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.

Brady has brought the mental health tribunal, which is being held in public, because he believes he is not mentally ill and wants to be transferred to a prison.

The 75-year-old, who has been on hunger strike since 1999, believes he will be able to starve himself to death in a jail – currently he is assessed as being chronically mentally ill and is fed through a tube in his nose.

Judge Robert Atherton, chairing the panel hearing the tribunal, yesterday said: "Mr Brady will be giving evidence on Tuesday. He will probably be the last witness."

Brady and partner Myra Hindley, who died in 2002, were given life in 1966 for luring children and teenagers to their deaths, with their victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor.

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