Brother wants Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s briefcase contents revealed

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Image caption Serial killer Ian Brady died in 2017

The brother of a victim of Moors Murderer Ian Brady has issued a public plea for a solicitor to reveal the contents of two briefcases the killer left behind after his death.

Alan Bennett, whose brother Keith was never found, said Brady’s solicitor has the combination-locked cases containing personal papers.

Mr Bennett alleges Robin Makin has refused his “personal plea” to reveal the papers, as well as police requests.

Mr Makin has declined to comment.

Mr Bennett believes Brady may have revealed clues about precisely where on Saddleworth Moor he buried his brother.

Keith Bennett was 12 when he was abducted on his way to his grandmother’s house in Manchester on 16 June 1964.

Mr Bennett said he “needed to know one way or the other” if there was anything in the cases that could help the family’s search for answers.

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Image caption Brady never revealed where Keith Bennett’s remains were buried

He said Brady had written to him many years ago and said he had left instructions for him in his will, for which Mr Makin is the executor.

He said the solicitor had “met with members of the Greater Manchester Police cold case team” but did not let them access the cases and then “ignored pleas from the solicitor acting on my behalf and, lately, a personal plea from myself”.

Keith Bennett’s mother Winnie Johnson died in 2012 aged 78, after a long campaign to find her son and give him a Christian burial.

After Brady’s death in 2017, Greater Manchester Police applied for a court order to examine the contents, which was denied on the grounds that there was no longer any prospect of an investigation leading to a prosecution.

Mr Bennett’s solicitor John Ainley said he had since written to Mr Makin twice to request access to the cases, but had received no reply.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said: “We do not confirm whether specific pieces of evidence or potential evidence forms part of active lines of enquiry.”

Martin Bottomley, head of GMP’s cold case unit, said officers would continue to “pursue all investigative lines of enquiry” to find Keith’s body, and would never close this case.

Brady, who murdered five children between 1963 and 1965 with his lover Myra Hindley, died in May 2017 at the secure psychiatric unit at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

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