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Ian Brady: No music and no ceremony order for funeral

The Glasgow-born Moors Murderer tortured and killed five children in the 1960s.

Ian Brady: Remains yet to be disposed of.
Ian Brady: Remains yet to be disposed of.

Moors Murderer Ian Brady's body must be disposed of with no music and no ceremony, a judge at the High Court has ruled.

The decision was announced in London on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.

Glasgow-born Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 but his remains have not yet been disposed of.

Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer's body so it can 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 the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines. The other body was never found.

The judge said Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council were concerned that, five months after Brady's death, his executor, solicitor Robin Makin, had failed to make proper arrangements for the disposal.

Sir Geoffrey added: "I decline to permit the playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony Fantastique at the cremation as Mr Makin requested. 

"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."

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