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.