Reasons for the Tribunal’s Decision6th July 2012
The Tribunal yesterday received information concerning the medical condition of Ian Brady following his admission to hospital on Tuesday 3rd July 2012. It also received submissions on his behalf from Mr Hugh Southey Q.C. and from Miss Eleanor Gray Q.C. on behalf of the Responsible Authority, Ashworth Hospital.
The Tribunal accepted that Mr Brady’s medical condition, though not life threatening, is such as to preclude his attendance and proper participation in the hearing in public which is listed for Monday 9th July 2012.
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 Tribunal further considered whether the situation could be accommodated by a short postponement. It concluded that, given the present prognosis, that would not be practical.
The Tribunal are acutely aware of the public interest in this case being resolved as soon as possible and of the extensive arrangements which have been made to facilitate its hearing. But in the circumstances the Tribunal had to conclude that the forthcoming hearing must be adjourned to a date to be fixed when the commitments of those involved have been ascertained because of Mr Brady’s present physical condition.
His Honour Judge Robert K. Atherton
6th July 2012