Brady 'is chronically psychotic'

The care clinician looking after Moors murderer Ian Brady has told his mental health tribunal that he remains "chronically psychotic" and should stay in a hospital environment for treatment.

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Brady whispers to barrister with increasing frequency

Court sketch of Ian Brady at the tribunal. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Ian Brady is passing notes and whispering to his barrister with increasing frequency as the hospital QC questions the expert's diagnosis of a paranoid personality disorder.

The hospital QC said Brady's behaviour and symptoms are evidence of a mental illness, not a personality disorder.

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Brady listening intently to cross examination

Court sketch of Ian Brady making notes throughout tribunal. Credit: Priscilla Coleman

Ian Brady is listening intently to the cross examination and repeatedly writing notes which he often passes to his barrister.

We cannot hear Brady but his barrister frequently turns to him and puts her finger over her lips, appearing to motion him to be quiet.

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Witness 'not opposed' to Brady going back to prison

Answering a question on why Ian Brady should not be detained in hospital, Dr Adrian Grounds said: "There's a high degree of tolerance of some unpleasant parts of his behaviour in hospital.

"There might be less tolerance in prison."

Dr Grounds added: "If one thinks he has capacity for autonomy it would be wrong to stand in his way".

He added: "But it would be difficult to recommend something that you think would have consequences for him. So I would not recommend one or the other. I would not actively oppose him going back to prison.

"In Mr Brady's case, this is primarily a wish to have control".

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