MOORS Murderer Ian Brady, based in Ashworth psychiatric hospital in Merseyside, has had his mental health tribunal delayed because he is too ill to attend, a judge has ruled.
Judge Robert Atherton said he accepted that Brady, who is understood to have suffered a seizure earlier this week, was too ill to take part in the public hearing, which was due to begin on Monday.
No new date for the hearing has been set, he added.
Brady, 74, who, with Myra Hindley, murdered five children in the 1960s, has been returned to Ashworth psychiatric hospital after undergoing medical tests at Fazakerley General Hospital in Aintree, Liverpool.
The judge said that while his condition was not life-threatening, it was serious enough to “preclude his attendance and proper participation in the hearing”.
“The tribunal considered that it would not be proper to continue in his absence as it had been a significant factor in the decision to grant a hearing in public that he would participate in such a hearing,” the judge said.
Families of Brady’s victims had been hoping new evidence would come about the whereabouts of the body of Keith Bennett.
Twelve-year-old Keith was buried on the bleak Saddleworth Moors high above Holmfirth and Meltham, but his remains have never been found.