Media banned from revealing Ian Brady funeral details

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Oct 13, 2017
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Police search for Keith Bennett, one of Ian Brady’s victims, on Saddleworth Moor in 1986


The media has been barred from revealing details of the funeral arrangements of Ian Brady, the Moors murderer.

In a case brought by councils covering Saddleworth Moor, where the serial killer buried his victims, the judge made a court order barring any reporting of the detail. The injunction was secured on Monday and the case was brought against Brady’s solicitor, Robin Makin, and a second party who, under the terms of the order, cannot be identified. Details of the hearing have just emerged.

Makin, of the Liverpool firm E Rex Makin & Co, has consistently refused to reveal the killer’s funeral wishes, saying they would emerge “in due course”.

Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley were jailed for life for torturing and murdering three children in the 1960s – John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17. They later admitted to the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.

The order, which refers to the killer under his preferred name of Ian Stewart-Brady, prevents the media from releasing details of his funeral until a week after it has taken place, at which point an announcement will be made.

The hearing was held in public at the Chancery Division of the High Court, in front of Sir Geoffrey Vos. Judgment is scheduled to be released today. Any breach of the order could result in a prison sentence for contempt of court.

After Brady’s death at the maximum security Ashworth Hospital in May at the age of 79, the coroner Christopher Sumner refused to release the killer’s body unless he was given assurance that his ashes would not be scattered on the Moors.

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