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Llangennech mental health advocate of Ian Brady will not face charges

By RachelSWEP  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

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NO further action will be taken against the Llangennech mental health advocate of Moors murderer Ian Brady.

Jackie Powell, 49, of Llangennech, was arrested in August and a warrant carried out at her Brynhyfryd estate address, after claims she made on a Channel 4 documentary about a letter that revealed the final resting place of the only one of Brady's victims not to be found.

She was released on bail, but Greater Manchester Police have today said no further action would be taken against a woman they arrested in August in South Wales.

Ms Powell, who has been Brady's mental health advocate since 1999, made the headlines last year after being arrested on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body.

Police were searching for a letter, believed to contain details of the final resting place of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, after Ms Powell claimed Brady had handed it to her to give to the mother of Keith, Winnie Johnson — but only after his death.

Martin Bottomley, head of investigative review of Greater Manchester Police's Major and Cold Case Crime Unit, said: "As soon as we were made aware of the existence of this alleged letter, we made exhaustive attempts to obtain it to establish whether or not its contents would assist us in finding Keith's body.

"That resulted in the warrants we carried out in the South Wales area and at Ashworth Hospital in August 2012.

"However, despite seizing numerous documents and a search of Brady's cell, no such letter has been recovered."

He said the failure to find the letter did not prove or disprove its existence, adding: "It might have been destroyed, it might be hidden elsewhere, it may be in someone else's possession, or it may simply never have existed in the first place and this has been yet more mindgames by Brady.

"What I can say for certain is that we have not recovered the letter itself nor any credible information that would help us find Keith.

"As a result, we have liaised with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who have concluded there is no realistic prospect of any criminal conviction and therefore no further action will be taken against the woman we arrested."

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  • Hadoken767433  |  February 12 2013, 12:38AM

    I don't need any help, I just dont give endless amounts of understanding for screw ups, whereas people like you do. Also implying that anyone who works with Brady is somehow emotionally and mentally scarred and he had the power to put everyone under his spell is just hilarious unless they were screwed in the head to begin with, in which case, my points stands.

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  • antyall  |  February 11 2013, 11:20PM

    Any person working with the likes of Brady will be scared emotionally and mentally. he is a manipulator and knows how to use people to his advantage, i hope that this lady will get the help she will need to de program her from working with him. With regard to allowing drug addicts in to her home,that is another story maybe she felt she could help. Hadoken you need help because you never ever see anyone else's point of view. You just cast nasty and malicious words in the pretext of free speech.

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  • Hadoken767433  |  February 11 2013, 10:12PM

    Anyone affiliated with Ian Brady like she was and has drug addicts staying at her place is obviously a very mixed up person behind the scenes. Sorry but no smoke without fire, decent people keep better company than she does end of story.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 11 2013, 5:41PM

    Good leave her alone.

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