Moors murderer Ian Brady has been told he cannot be transferred to prison from the maximum security hospital where he is being held.
Yesterday, I said Ian Brady didn't strike me as having a "chilling or sinister" presence any more. I'm reviewing that opinion now.
Moors murderer Ian Brady has spoken publicly for the first time in almost 50 years while giving evidence at his mental health tribunal.
Moors Murderer Ian Brady has told his mental health tribunal that he is not "psychotic" and should be allowed to return to prison.
But the child killer refused to directly answer if he would commit suicide in jail if he gets his wish to be transferred from a maximum security hospital.
He compared himself to a monkey in cage being poked with a stick as he said: "You cannot make plans when you have no freedom of control, movement or anything."
Brady's barrister, Nathalie Lieven QC, asked Brady why he was not prepared to be treated with anti-psychotic drugs.He replied: "I am not psychotic."
He went on to criticise psychiatrists as he told the panel that he was "not interested in being analysed".
Ian Brady's mental health tribunal adjourned for a short break earlier but the restart of the hearing has been delayed because of "technical difficulties" with the videolink at Ashworth Hospital.
Ian Brady has been describing his life in prison and at high-security Ashworth Hospital, where he has been held for 28 years, to a mental health tribunal.
As he spoke publicly for the first time in nearly 50 years, he defended his perceived "paranoid" behaviour insisting he only took "sensible precautions" to protect himself from staff.
Brady also said Ashworth used to be a "decent and progressive" regime but now resembled a "penal warehouse".
He insisted he had "more freedom" in prison - when he spent time in Durham, Parkhurst and Wormwood Scrubs.
The 75-year-old claims he is no longer mentally ill and should be returned to prison to serve the remainder of his whole life sentence.
He will resume giving evidence after a break.
Asked why he wants to be sent back to the mainstream prison system, Ian Brady makes no mention of his hunger strike, and says:
"I'll never see the excellent conditions I experienced in Durham again, where I mixed with the Krays and the Great Train Robbers".
"Nor will I see the good conditions of Wormwood Scrubs in the 1970's. I was the barber there. I shaved the beards and cut the hair of the staff. Can you imagine that happening now?", he adds.
He says he'd "get on fine" with other prisoners. "I have contact with lots of prisoners in Scottish jails and jails abroad. I know what conditions are like there".
So far he had made absolutely no reference to being given the right to die. Rather, it all seems to be about his right to a comfortable life.
Ian Brady has told a panel at this mental health tribunal, "If you put anyone in a cage, pin labels on them, anti-social, aggressive, poke them with a stick, you will get a reaction".
Ian Brady has said the media and public are obsessed with his case because of it's "theatrical, dramatic background" and draws a comparison with Jack the Ripper.
Asked about his "paranoia" in hospital, only coming out at night, protecting himself with a pen, Ian Brady said:
That's not paranoid. That's sensible precautions. I'm not protecting myself against the other inmates, I'm protecting myself against the staff.
In a captive environment, paranoia is unavoidable. Only the prison authorities call it paranoia, prisoners call it sensible precautions.
Ian Brady is lucid and articulate as he talks about concerns that he's being bugged, or "earwigged" by staff at Ashworth Hospital.
He claims his medical notes were stolen and sold to a national newspaper in 1999.
Ian Brady has told his mental health tribunal he comes out of his room at night in Ashworth Hospital, and he "gets on fine" with nursing staff.
He claims he talks to them about an "eclectic" range of issues.
Brady says he "can't stand robotic people whether they are psychiatrists or just ordinary people. I prefer freewheeling conversation".
Ian Brady is now being asked about his hallucinations.
He says he memorised whole pages of Shakespeare and Plato, and recited them aloud as he walked around.
This is opportunistically seen as psychosis, he says... It's not, he claims, it's normal. "Who doesn't talk to themselves?".