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.
Tameside Council and Oldham Council sought the assistance of the High Court to ensure the body of ‘Moors Murderer‘ Ian Stewart Brady is disposed of in a manner that does not cause offence and distress to the public, and particularly the relatives of the victims who reside in our boroughs.
We know that the relatives and residents alike found even the suggestion that his ashes may be scattered over Saddleworth Moor to be abhorrent and distressing, especially because 13 year old Keith Bennett has never been found, despite his mother’s best efforts to locate him to give him a proper burial.
The Court has supported our duty as local authorities to ensure that public order is maintained and the wishes of the families of his victims and our local communities are respected to ensure Ian Stewart Brady’s body and remains are disposed of expediently in a manner compatible with the public interest and those of the victim’s relatives.
– Joint statement from Tameside Council and Oldham Council re the disposal of the body of ‘Moors Murderer’ Ian Stewart Brady.