Moors murderer Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a High Court judge has ruled.
The decision was announced on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.
Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died at the age of 79 on 15 May but his remains have not yet been disposed of.
Sir Geoffrey was asked by two local authorities to make a decision relating to the disposal of the serial killer’s body so that it could be “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay”.
Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s.
Four of their victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council were concerned that five months after Brady’s death his solicitor Robin Makin had not made proper arrangements for the disposal, the court heard.
The judge said the matter had to “be taken out of Mr Makin’s hands if the deceased’s body is to be disposed of quickly, lawfully and decently.”
Sir Geoffrey refused to allow the playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony Fantastique, by Hector Berlioz, at the cremation.
He said: “As the composer’s programme notes describe, the theme and subject of the piece means legitimate offence would be caused to the families of the deceased’s victims once it became known it had been played.
“It was not suggested by Mr Makin that the deceased had requested any other music to be played or any other ceremony to be performed, and in those circumstances, I propose to direct that there be no music and no ceremony.”
Sir Geoffrey said that Brady’s wishes “are relevant”, but “do not outweigh the need to avoid justified public indignation and actual unrest”.
He added that an officer of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council would arrange for the disposal of Brady’s ashes.
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