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Force feeding of Ian Brady declared lawful

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:731
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Ian Brady, who has been in prison for over 30 years for murdering three children, last week lost his fight to stop doctors force feeding him through a nasogastric tube, when a High Court judge ruled that their decision to do so was “lawful, rational, and fair.”

    Brady, who is detained in Ashworth special hospital near Liverpool, was probably “playing the system” in undertaking his hunger strike, said Mr Justice Kay at the High Court in Liverpool.

    The judge accepted the …

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