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'Health and safety' prevented Ian Brady's prison transfer

Ian Brady's £250,000 taxpayer-funded legal bid last year was criticised by victims' families as a "circus". Credit: PA Archive

Moors Murderer Ian Brady's bid to be transferred from hospital to jail was rejected for his own health and safety, a judge has ruled in a detailed document running more than 100 pages.

The child killer, 76, was told last June that he will remain a patient at maximum-security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside after a controversial week-long mental health tribunal hearing.

A three-man panel chaired by Judge Robert Atherton said Brady should remain in Ashworth on the grounds that he is insane and hospital staff are best placed to treat his psychosis.

Today Judge Atherton said in his full ruling: "The tribunal concluded that it has been demonstrated by this evidence that it is necessary in the interests of his own health and safety that he be detained in hospital for treatment and that appropriate treatment is available.

"The tribunal considered that it would be inappropriate to make any recommendation because, in its judgment, it is not appropriate to recommend his discharge."