Hoddle Street mass murderer Julian Knight says jail authorities’ mistaken view he is a psychopath is affecting his chances of release.


Knight complained in the Victorian Supreme Court on Friday that he is being treated differently to other murderers.

“All other cases, they’ve all progressed out of maximum security within a third of their minimum term,” he told Justice Anthony Cavanough.

Knight, who is representing himself, is in court accusing jail authorities of failing to provide him with a detailed sentencing plan to improve his chances of release.

“The treatment I’ve been subjected to is unique,” he said.

“Corrections Victoria have the mistaken belief, apparently forever, that I’m a psychopath with a personality disorder.”

He said this is affecting his progress through the prison system, and authorities are duty-bound to prepare prisoners for release.

Knight was jailed for life for killing seven people and wounding 19 in a shooting spree in Melbourne in 1987.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in May 2014.

Knight was reduced from a maximum security to a medium security prisoner in August last year.

He has been declared a vexatious litigant, meaning he is prohibited from starting legal proceedings without court permission, and is fighting jail authorities in up to 14 matters before the courts.

He argued prison authorities failed to take into account psychological reports recommending he be eventually moved to lower security arrangements and gradually integrated into the community.

But Claire Harris, for Corrections Victoria deputy commissioner Brendan Money, said authorities had considered those reports.

Ms Harris said sentencing plans were tailored to each inmate and were not fixed, depending on changing circumstances.

She said Knight’s sentencing plan was reviewed in August last year and again in last December.

The hearing is continuing.

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