Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a judge at the High Court has ruled.
The decision was announced in London on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.
Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 this year but his remains have not yet been disposed of.
Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer’s body so that it can be “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay”.
Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s.
Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.
Brady died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled.
Christopher Sumner, senior coroner for Sefton, made the conclusion at an inquest at Bootle Town Hall in Merseyside last month.
Sumner had sought assurances the ashes would not be scattered there, reports the Mirror.
Amid protests from Brady’s lawyer Robin Makin, Mr Sumner said he did not have the power to make the request but believed it was the “right moral judgement”.
But where the remains are finally disposed of will remain secret under a High Court order, made after the councils gave notice of their legal application.
Brady died in May, aged 79, at Ashworth secure hospital. He and his accomplice Myra Hindley went on their killing spree in the 1960s, in crimes the nation has never forgotten. Were Brady’s ashes scattered on Saddleworth, Lesley Ann Downey’s brother Terry West, now 66, said it would “cause his victims’ families the greatest upset from beyond the grave”.
The killer’s legal team has refused to reveal Brady’s funeral wishes, saying they would emerge in “due course”. He came from Glasgow and the city’s council said no funeral directors would scatter his ashes in Glasgow. His body is now held at a secret location.
Hindley died in 2002 and her ashes are at Highpoint Prison, Suffolk.
The pair were jailed for life for torturing and murdering John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.
They admitted killing Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.
Source : BirminghamMail