Ian Brady’s ashes will not be scattered in Glasgow, city council says
Brady’s body had been held under police guard since his death on Monday.
Moors Murderer Ian Brady will not be cremated and have his ashes scattered in his native Glasgow, the city council has said.
The 79-year-old child killer died on Monday after spending more than five decades behind bars for murders committed with partner Myra Hindley.
Brady’s body has been released to his lawyer and it has been reported he wished to have his remains burnt and ashes scattered in the city where he grew up. But Glasgow City Council has said it would refuse any request for the notorious murderer to be cremated in the area.
A spokesman for the authority said: “We have not had such a request but we would refuse that request. We would advise the private crematoria not to accept the request or any such request should it be forthcoming. There has not been any request made.”
Brady’s body had been held under police guard since his death at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside, at 6.02pm on Monday.
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.
At a reconvened hearing on Wednesday the coroner’s court heard solicitor and executor of Brady’s will Robin 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.”