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Convicted murderer fights to get PlayStation console in his jail cell

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"Hoddle Street killer" Julian Knight, the Australian man who killed seven people and injured 19 in Melbourne in 1987, is fighting to have a PlayStation 3 installed in his jail cell, reports the Herald Sun.

Since 2006, Knight has sought to obtain a computer for his cell at Port Phillip Prison, and is seeking judicial review of a legal decision against it. Knight is now seeking legal action over the decision by the Corrections Victoria prison services denying him the gaming console. Documents Knight filed with the Supreme Court state he is being treated unfairly and without justification.

Knight has been deemed a vexatious litigant by the court, and must seek the court's permission before starting proceedings asking for the console, according to the Herald Sun.

In a hearing earlier today, Knight accused the government of "tactical maneuvering" in denying him the console and computer. He said he wanted the computer to help him prepare for a legal case including a High Court bid that he believes will push authorities in the state of Victoria to give him a release date, according to the report.

Knight has also issued a subpoena asking for other prisoners' applications for computers in their cells, adding that he is the only one he has heard of being denied such a request.

"This cause of action has been going for seven years, this is now the eighth proceeding," Knight was reported saying. "I only have to walk around the prison and I can see with my own eyes who has a computer and who doesn't.

"I'm the only prisoner who has made applications to have a computer who has had it denied and denied repeatedly," he added.

The Victoria court has adjourned the proceedings to next week.