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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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  1. Damon Green - ITV News Correspondent

Brady's isolation down to 'fear of other patients'

Ms Eleanor Gray QC for Ashworth Hospital is questioning Dr Grounds on the reasons for Ian Brady's isolation at the hospital - she has suggested he is alone much of the time "because he is afraid of other [patients]".

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

Dr Grounds argues that Brady's behaviour resulted from contempt for other people; indifference; a lack of interest in others; and a sense of superiority.

"He is not a man who is fearful of others. Far from it," he said.

But Ms Gray referred to Brady's refusal to leave his room, and a reason he gave for this; a fear of his fellow-patients. Brady is recorded as saying: " these penal s***holes, any sign of weakness and they will jump you".

She says in addition Brady's general behaviour towards staff shows signs of paranoia and suspicion. "This is a grossly abnormal man who has been crippled by the disorders which he suffers".

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