BRADY ON SIXTH YEAR OF STRIKE; Killer still pleading to be allowed to die.
MOORS murderer Ian Brady has completed five years on hunger strike at Ashworth top security mental hospital.
Child killer Brady, 66, has been kept alive by force-feeding at the hospital in Maghull since he started refusing food in 1999.
Since October 1, 1999, doctors have been giving him a food mixture introduced into his stomach through a nasal tube.
In February 2000 a judge ruled that because of his mental illness Brady was incapable of making a rational decision to starve to death.
Brady and Myra Hindley were convicted in 1966 of murdering Lesley Ann Downey, 10, Edward Evans, 17, and John Kilbride, 12.
They later admitted the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, whose body was discovered on Saddleworth Moor near Oldham, and Keith Bennett, 12, whose body has never been found.
Hindley died in November 2002, aged 60.
But Brady has lived as one of Britain's most high profile prisoners at Ashworth hospital ever since.
He has been campaigning to be allowed to end his life by moving to a normal prison which means the authorities cannot legally prevent him from starving himself to death.
Sources say he sits in his room preparing his legal arguments.
The biggest opposition to his argument comes from Winnie Johnson, mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett, whose body has still not been found.
She says he should not be allowed out of Ashworth or to die until her son's body is located.
KILLER: Ian Brady
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2004|
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