Lawyer `very surprised´ if Ian Brady knew where Keith Bennett´s body was

Alan Bennett told John Ainley he felt no sense of celebration following the death of Ian Brady on Monday.

Opening an inquest at Southport Town Hall into the 79-year-old killer's death, senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner said he also wants confirmation assurances that a funeral director and crematorium willing to take Brady's body have been found.

Brady was kept at the Ashworth mental hospital, Merseyside in a secure unit for the last of his days, though it is understood that although his mental health was deteriorating, he was still sharp and bright for his 79 years.

During a court hearing in February, Brady's lawyers said he had been bedridden for the last couple of years and was terminally ill with emphysema, according to Sky News.

Ian Brady, the man who tortured, sexually abused and killed five children with accomplice/girlfriend Myra Hindley, has died, aged 79.

Four of Hindley and Brady's victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor, a national park near Manchester in central England, although the body of 12-year-old Keith Bennett has never been found.

Journalist Peter Gould, who had been in regular written contact with Brady since 1985, told BBC Breakfast there was only one instance where Brady appeared to express regret for his actions.

The killer had launched a legal bid in 2013 to be transferred out of the prison to a hospital so that he could stop being fed through a tube and be allowed to die if he wished.

Police and government officials are hoping the coded letters will help them find the body of 11-year-old Keith Bennett, from Manchester, who went missing in June 1964.

Her body was discovered in 1987 after the murderers confessed to the killing.

The couple repeated the method roughly every six months, picking up 12-year-old John Kilbride at a market in Ashton-under-Lyne, Keith Bennett, also 12, as he walked to his grandmother's home in Longsight, and finally Lesley Ann Downey.

Mr Howard-Murphy said Brady "retained capacity throughout".

He said: "It was, I suppose, quite a moving sort of situation".

He said: "I suppose it is a double-edged sword in that he has died and a lot of people will take solace from that but I think as far as the family is concerned it is the end of the line for information from him".

He said: "Good riddance that he's gone, I don't drink but I will have a pint".

The slaying of Brady and Hindley's youngest victim, Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, at Christmastime in 1964 sealed their reputation for pure wickedness.

Martin Bottomley added, "Following the death of Brady, our thoughts - as they have been for over 50 years - remain with the families of all of his victims".

"I believe it is right and proper, the correct moral judgement to make". But despite exhaustive searches, his body has never been found. She gave police information which helped them find at least one of the bodies.

However Sumner said he "wanted to have assurance that when Mr Stewart-Brady is cremated his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor".

  • Leroy Wright