HOW CAN IAN BRADY GET HIS DAY IN COURT WHILE MY BROTHER LIES IN AN UNKNOWN GRAVE?
By James Murray
The brother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett has launched an impassioned plea to stop serial child killer Ian Brady from having his day in the public eye because it would be a travesty of natural justice.
Alan Bennett says Brady’s human rights are being viewed as more important than his and today accuses the killer of mounting a macabre publicity stunt.
Keith was just 12 when he was taken to Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, and murdered by Brady and his evil accomplice Myra Hindley in 1964.
“I see no reason why the system should pander to his whims when my brother still lies on Saddleworth Moor, having been abused and murdered by Brady in that lonely place,” said Alan.
Brady, 73, wants to be moved from Ashworth high security prison in Merseyside to a prison in Scotland, where it is thought he believes he would be allowed to take his own life. Astonishingly, Brady persuaded mental health tribunal Judge Robert Atherton to allow the public to see his face and hear his arguments.
It would be the first time he has been seen in public for 45 years after he was jailed in 1966 for killing John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.
Alan’s mother Winnie, 78, has said she wants to attend the hearing to ask Brady why he killed her son and where he buried his body.
Alan told the Sunday Express: ‘‘Although this is a public hearing, I doubt very much whether I, or any other members of the victims’ families, will be permitted to attend.
“Brady’s human rights have long been regarded as more important than ours. I also suspect that this wish for a public hearing is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Let us not forget how he used the press before, and the system, in order to gain release from prison and into a secure hospital.
Now he wishes to do the same in reverse because he hasn’t found Ashworth an easy option.
“His disgusting whinging and repulsive ever-present complaints are being rewarded once more. In all the years that Keith has been missing, Brady has never genuinely tried to help us find his body.”
Terry Kilbride, 57, whose brother John disappeared in November 1963, said: “This hearing should be done behind closed doors and the public should be told about it afterwards. I think he will upset people again and I don’t think people want to hear it.”
Judge Atherton granted Brady’s request to have the hearing made public in October but the ruling was only revealed last week.
The date and arrangements are still being arranged but one possibility is that it will be held in a secure room at Ashworth with limited seating available to the public.
There is an option of having the proceedings filmed to allow journalists and the public to follow events in an adjoining room.
Under the terms of tribunal hearings the judge would sit with a consultant psychiatrist and a specialist lay member.
The psychiatrist would examine Brady and verbally report on his mental state to the judge in private.
At the public element of the hearing the judge would tell Brady’s lawyer about the findings of the psychiatrist.
Brady denied killing Keith Bennett for many years but eventually confessed to the murder and that of Pauline Reade, 16. Hindley died behind bars in 2002, aged 60.
I feel so bad for these families.
If it was up to me I’d just let Brady die. His only contribution to society is now to bring pain.
I doubt he will ever tell Keith’s family where his body is. Brady enjoys the control and power he gets from it.