Moors Murderer Ian Brady has insisted he still wants to die in the wake of losing his bid to be transferred from hospital to prison.
A Merseyside NHS trust is to pay £200,000 legal fees for the failed tribunal brought by Moors Murderer Ian Brady.
Moors Murder brother gives his reaction to the findings of the Brady Mental Health Tribunal.
The family of Moors Murder victim John Kilbride are marking the 50th anniversary of his disappearance. The 12 year old was kidnapped and later killed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. His family are holding a private ceremony later.
The Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, has written a 700-word letter in which he condemns a mental health tribunal's decision to keep him locked in a secure hospital.
Brady describes the tribunal as "£250,000 wasted by Ashworth medical mediocrities manipulating a politically motivated tribunal... designed to distract public attention from the lack of reasoned argument and pertinent evidence."
The killer sent the letter to Channel 5 News. In it, he criticises those who gave evidence: "'The pathetic petty abuse... rubberstamp witnesses employed to smear, discredit and distract, revealed more about Ashworth's collective culture of applied ignorance and malice than it did about me."
Brady continues by writing: "Those listening in the real world would have doubted their senses."
John Ainley, solicitor for Winnie Johnson, the mother of Moors victim Keith Bennett, said:
"I think Winnie would have been satisfied by the decision.
"She always felt that Ian Brady did not give the children any choice and consequently he should not have the choice to leave the hospital environment."
I think Winnie would have been very stressed and angry at some of the evidence she would have heard from Ian Brady - in particular the references to the murders as recreational activities and an existential experience. To think that murdering children could be compared in that way... it beggars belief."
Terry Kilbride, whose brother John was killed by Ian Brady in 1963, said the Moors murderer should remain in hospital and be "kept alive as long as possible" because he knows where victim Keith Bennett is buried.
He said: "He should remain there, that's my honest opinion, he should remain at Ashworth.
"He knows what he's doing, he's a very clever person up there, which he will be, he's had plenty of time to learn hasn't he, he's got a law degree, he's learned German and all this, that and the other.
"But he should stay where he is, that's my honest opinion on it. I don't believe he's going to kill himself, that's just a ploy, just another wind-up.
"I think to be honest he should go back to hospital, I think that's where he belongs, in the hospital, and keep him alive as long as possible because it's only him that knows where Keith Bennett is."