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Brady in 'not mad' hearing.

Byline: BRIAN ROBERTS

MOORS murderer Ian Brady could speak publicly for the first time in 37 years to try to convince a judge he is not mad.

He has won the right to have a mental health tribunal held in public and could give evidence.

The High Court ruled in 2000 that he was insane but Brady wants that decision overturned so he can he moved from Ashworth secure mental hospital to an ordinary jail.

Brady has been on hunger strike since 1999 but is being fed against his will. If he goes to an ordinary jail, the authorities would not have the right to force feed him.

Brady, 65,jailed for life in 1966 for murdering Lesley Ann Downey, 10, Edward Evans, 17, and John Kilbride, 12, wrote to a news agency to tell them about his appeal. It is expected to take place by the end of the year.

He said: "A primary reason is to ensure that Ashworth and the Tribunal authorities are made publicly accountable for their procedures and decisions."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2003
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