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Ian Brady refused public hearing
Ian Brady
Ian Brady has been on hunger strike at Ashworth since 1999
Moors murderer Ian Brady has lost his legal bid for the hearing to determine whether he is fit enough to return to jail to be held publicly.

The 69-year-old, currently at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside, wanted to appear before a tribunal to get himself moved to a conventional prison.

He wanted the hearing to be held publicly in the city.

But he has now been told while it will go ahead, it will not be held in public and will be confined to the hospital.

Brady gave evidence to the tribunal at a four-day preliminary hearing at the secure mental unit in Maghull near Liverpool last month.

'Contrary to interests'

Brady has been on hunger strike for several years but is being kept alive by force feeding.

It has been claimed Brady detests what he regards as the inhumane treatment at Ashworth and wants to return to prison so he can kill himself.

The hearing ended on 30 October when the panel of legal and medical experts sitting on the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) retired to consider the application.

Ashworth High Security Hospital, Merseyside
Brady has been at Ashworth Hospital for more than 20 years

Such tribunals review the cases of patients held under the Mental Health Act.

It is understood the panel deemed it "contrary to the interests of the patient," for the hearing to be in public.

A spokeswoman for the MHRT Service confirmed that the application had been refused.

It would have been the first time Brady had been seen in public for many years.

Brady, originally from Glasgow, was jailed alongside Myra Hindley in 1966 for murdering five children in the Manchester area in the 1960s.

Hindley died in jail in November 2002 after a long and unsuccessful bid to be released.

No date has yet been set for Brady's hearing.

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