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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

Ian Brady 'completely isolates himself'

The second day of Ian Brady's medical tribunal has begun at Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool with the Moors murderer's medical witness, Dr Adrian Grounds, being cross-examined.

Court artist sketch of Ian Brady (far left). Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Ms Eleanor Gray QC has queried Dr Grounds' assessment that, while Brady was suffering from a paranoid psychotic illness with schizophrenic symptoms in the mid-1980s, he is no longer mentally ill.

The lawyer drew attention to reports of Brady's behaviour at the hospital as recently as January this year: sleeping in his clothes, leaving his room untidy and habitually disorganised; the fact that he completely isolates himself during the day and spends many of the daylight hours sleeping.

She read from reports which drew a picture of a patient withdrawn from others.

Brady wakes very early in the morning, goes downstairs and makes a cup of coffee, then returns to his room and avoids communal areas for the rest of the day.

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