Updated: Friday, 22nd November 2019 @ 2:37pm

Sadistic Moors murderer Ian Brady's wish to die could become reality as tribunal on Scotland move rescheduled

Sadistic Moors murderer Ian Brady's wish to die could become reality as tribunal on Scotland move rescheduled

By Michael Kelleher

Moors murderer Ian Brady’s wish to stop being force fed and allowed to die may be granted, as the tribunal to decide if he is moved to Scotland was relisted yesterday.

Brady, 74, who went on an infamous killing-spree with partner Myra Hindley between 1963 and 1965, has been on hunger strike since 1999 in a bid to kill himself.

The notorious killer has been force-fed by staff at Merseyside’s Ashworth Hospital, where he has been since 1985 when he was declared criminally insane.

As someone who has been sanctioned under the Mental Health Act, Brady is not allowed to take his own life under English law.

However there is no precedent in Scotland, where Brady was born, for force-feeding a prisoner on hunger-strike and this is the reason for his request.

The mental health tribunal was originally scheduled to be held on July 6 this year but Brady suffered a seizure which hospitalised him three days before it was to begin, forcing the delay until June 17 next year.

Judge Robert Atherton has ruled that the tribunal will be relayed to the public and press at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester, as had been previously planned.

Sadistic monster Brady, along with Hindley, murdered five children – Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, Edward Evans and Keith Bennett – who were aged between ten and 17 years old.

Winnie Johnston, the mother of Keith Bennett, the only victim whose body was never discovered, passed away in August after a long battle with cancer.

Bennett was abducted by the pair in Longsight while on the way to his grandmother’s nearby home in June 1964.

Mrs Johnson fought for decades to find her the body of her son in order to give him a Christian burial but her struggle was ultimately to no avail as Brady has, to this day, refused to reveal the location.

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