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Ashworth Hospital deny 'going to war' with Brady

Ashworth Hospital medical director Dr David Fearnley denied that Ashworth Hospital had "gone to war" with Ian Brady.

Ian Brady in the back of a police car prior to his court appearance in 1965. Credit: PA

He said: "I don't think anything could be further from the truth."

"The mental health tribunal process is a legal process, but it's extremely important that we provide the best evidence we can to allow the tribunal to make the best decision it can because of the serious consequences."

Asked if the public platform of the tribunal may have exacerbated Brady's illness, Dr Fearnley said: "I think the difficulty with an individual such as Ian Brady is that he has a complex mental disorder and for many years has been able to publicise his concerns.

"However, we see this as part of an overall problem which our experts are looking into and will continue to provide expert care."

Ashworth statement: Brady suffers from 'severe personality disorder'

Dr David Fearnly reads a statement on behalf of Ashworth Hosptial Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada

A statement by Ashworth Hospital, were Ian Brady has been told he must remain, has been read.

Dr David Fearnley said:

"We appreciate the time and effort the mental health tribunal has given to this case and its judgment is consistent with the expert opinions of our clinicians.

"Ashworth Hospital has been subject to in-depth scrutiny and the public has been able to see at first hand the quality of care which we offer to all of our patients.

"Mr Brady suffers from a severe personality disorder and a mental illness which still require high quality care

"It is a testament to the staff of Ashworth Hospital that we have been able to stabilise his schizophrenia to the degree we have. However, his condition is chronic and will require this support for the foreseeable future.

"With some of the most highly qualified and experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nursing staff in the country, Ashworth Hospital has clearly demonstrated that it provides the highest quality of care to some of the most complex mental health patients in the country.

"Every patient is detained under the Mental Health Act and all pose a danger to themselves or others.

"With a strong and demonstrable record of rehabilitation, we are able to help to protect the public and to also ensure that they, their families and carers, and the wider community, all receive the support they need to achieve the best outcomes possible for everyone."


Reasons for Brady decision due at later date

The reasons for tribunal's not to allow Ian Brady to move to a prison will be released at a later date.

Brady had told the hearing he was merely a "a petty criminal" and described his crimes as "recreational killings" which were part of an "existential experience"

His legal application challenged the order made under the Mental Health Act when he was transferred from prison to Ashworth in 1985, when he was diagnosed as being a paranoid schizophrenic.

His legal team argued that, despite his severe personality disorder, he is not mentally ill and therefore no longer fulfils the legal criteria for detention in hospital.

Brady suggested that, if he is allowed to go back to a jail, he would be "free to end his own life" by starving himself to death.


Brady's mental health tribunal result expected today

A court sketch of Moors Murderer Ian Brady Credit: ITV News

The result of Ian Brady's mental health tribunal at Ashworth hospital is expected later today.

The Moors Murderer wants to transfer from a secure psychiatric hospital to a prison, where he says he intends to starve himself to death.

The judgment of the panel is expected this afternoon.

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Ruling due over Ian Brady hospital transfer

Moors murderer Ian Brady will find out today whether he can be transferred to prison from the maximum security hospital where he is being held. Brady claims he wants to kill himself in jail where he cannot be force-fed.

Ian Brady's feeding tube could be seen as he gave evidence Credit: ITV News

Brady told the mental health tribunal that he is not psychotic or insane and should be allowed to serve the rest of his whole life term in prison. Officials at the high security Ashworth Hospital argue that he is also a paranoid schizophrenic who still shows signs of chronic psychosis.

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