28/06/2013

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Ian Brady Loses Prison Bid

Moors Murderer Ian Brady has lost his bid to be moved from a maximum security hospital to prison.

The 75-year-old, who tortured and killed five children with his accomplice Myra Hindley in the 1960s, will now remain at Ashworth Hospital.

The decision was made on the grounds that Mr Brady continues to suffer from a mental disorder.

Judge Robert Atherton, who headed the three-person tribunal at Ashworth, said: "The tribunal has concluded that Mr Ian Stewart Brady continues to suffer from a mental disorder which is of a nature and degree which makes it appropriate for him to continue to receive medical treatment, and that it is necessary for his health and safety and for the protection of other persons that he should receive such treatment in hospital, and that appropriate medical treatment is available for him."

The reasons for the tribunal's decision will be released at a later date.

A week-long public hearing was held as Brady fought to be transferred to a new facility.

Woolwich Murder Trial Date Set

The BBC has said two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby will stand trial on 18 November.

The decision was made at an Old Bailey hearing on Friday, when Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared via video link from separate rooms in Belmarsh Prison, London.

The pair are accused of murdering Drummer Rigby in Woolwich last month. Mr Adebolajo is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.

During the 20-minute hearing, the two suspects spoke only to confirm their names.

They were remanded in custody to appear for another preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on 27 September.

Girl, 7, Dies After Balcony Fall

Police have confirmed a seven-year-old girl has died after falling from an 11th-floor balcony.

The girl is said to have fallen more than 100ft.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to a premises on Emberton Court, Clerkenwell in London, at 6.50pm on Tuesday evening following reports that a girl had fallen.

A spokesman said: "London Ambulance Service attended and treated a seven-year-old girl at the scene. She was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital where she later died.

"The death is being treated as unexplained at this time."

Newspaper reports have said the child is thought to have fallen as her mother went to answer the door.

(JP/CD)

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