British Moors murderer Ian Brady dies in hospital

He killed five children in the 1960s alongside Myra Hindley

British Moors murderer Ian Brady dies in hospital

Moors murderer Ian Brady was jailed for life in 1966 for the Moors Murders | Image: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Moors murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children alongside Myra Hindley, has died aged 79.

The pair carried out the murders from 1963 to 1965, snatching youngsters off the street before sexually assaulting their victims and burying many of their bodies on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

When he was sentenced in 1966, the judge said he was "wicked beyond belief".

The couple's five victims - Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans - were aged between 10 and 17.

Fifty years on, one of the victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, has still never been found - despite the belief that Brady knew the location and buried him on the Moors, where he buried three others.

Brady's death comes hours after he was again urged to "do the right thing" and reveal the location of the Keith's body.

Keith's mother, Winnie Johnson, had repeatedly pleaded with Brady to say where he disposed of the body before her own death in 2012.

 

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett | Image: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Before his death, Brady had been a patient at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside where he was reportedly receiving palliative care.

A court hearing in February heard he had been bedridden for the last couple of years and was terminally ill with emphysema.

Myra Hindley died in 2002.

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: "We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long-term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell."

The spokesman said Brady died at 6.03pm on Monday and had been on oxygen for a while.

He added that Brady was not found dead in his room but was unable to confirm if anyone was with him when he died.

Terry Kilbride, the brother of victim John Kilbride, told Sky News that Ian Brady's death, while being a relief to him and his family, would never take away the pain of the last 50 years.

"It needs celebrating, getting rid of him, like we did when Hindley went," said Mr Kilbride. "We had a good drink."