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BRADY SPEAKS; Moors killer: I'll show judge I'm not mad.

Byline: BRIAN ROBERTS

MOORS murderer Ian Brady could appear in public for the first time since he was caged 37 years ago, it emerged yesterday.

The child killer has won the right to give evidence at a public hearing to decide whether he is insane.

Evil Brady, 61, is currently being kept alive against his will in Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, having refused to eat any food since September 1999.

The following year a High Court judge ruled Brady was insane and incapable of deciding to end his life. But now Brady has enforced his right to be allowed to convince a judge and other experts he is not mad, at a mental health review tribunal.

Ashworth attempted to block his move but a judge ruled that he is entitled to elect for a public hearing.

Brady also wants to be switched from a secure mental hospital to an ordinary jail, where authorities could not force-feed him.

The extraordinary move was revealed by Brady himself in a letter to a news agency in Liverpool.

He wrote: ``A primary reason for insisting upon a public tribunal is to ensure Ashworth and the authorities are made publicly accountable.''

Brady has been held in Ashworth since 1985.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: ``A tribunal met and agreed Mr Brady can have a public mental health review tribunal.

``The date and time are yet to be set.''

Brady and Myra Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for murdering Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Brady was also convicted of murdering John Kilbride, 12.
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