Moors murderer Ian Brady has spoken publicly for the first time in almost 50 years while giving evidence at his mental health tribunal.Read the full story ›
A forensic psychologist has questioned Ian Brady over whether his supposed psychotic symptoms displayed in the 80s were really just acting, as he has claimed.
In response to Dr Cameron Boyd's question, Brady said: "I have made this clear repeatedly. Stanislavski. Any informed person would grasp the meaning immediately."
Dr Boyd, who is also a member of the panel of the mental health tribunal, said: "Can you just explain about Stanislavski and method acting?"
Brady said: "I thought everybody knew.....It's attempting to portray the heart and soul of the character you are trying to portray."
Moors Murderer Ian Brady has been questioned over his hunger strike by Eleanor Grey QC counsel for Ashworth Hospital.
Brady has been tube fed at the high secure psychiatric hospital for more than a decade after refusing food.
Grey: We have heard evidence as to the extent you actually eat at present
Brady: I do what?
Grey: You eat, as well as the naso-gastric tube.
Brady : According to who? The same member of staff who I've just referred to as regressive, provocative. I have been on this 14 years. I mean it's trivia, the trivia these people use.
Grey: Mr Brady, what are you eating at the moment?
Brady: I'm not eating anything.
Eleanor Grey QC, counsel for Ashworth Hospital, has been cross-examining Ian Brady at his mental health tribunal this afternoon.
She asked him if he accepted that he was ill at the time he was transferred there in 1985 when he was said to have shown psychotic symptoms of hallucinations and delusions.
Brady replied: "Have you heard of Stanislavsky? If you knew who Stanislavksy is... have you heard of method acting? Does that make it clear to you?".
Miss Grey later asked: "Do you accept you have ever been mentally ill?"
"No," the child killer said.
Ian Brady's tribunal resumed after lunch, and began with cross-examination by Eleanor Grey QC - counsel for Ashworth Hospital.Read the full story ›
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".