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Mass Murderer Denied PlayStation In Prison, Takes Legal Action

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In 1987, Julian Knight shot and killed seven people in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. A further 22 were wounded. He's currently serving seven life sentences.

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He is also now taking the local state's corrections department to court because they won't let him have a video game console.

Knight first requested to have a personal computer in his cell seven years ago, but was knocked back. He's since made a further seven attempts, none of which were successful.

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Corrections Victoria's (the local corrections department) decision to also block his 2009 request for a "PlayStation" (it's not specified which) has led him to say he is being "unfairly treated", as other prisoners have been granted similar requests. So he's taking his case to the Supreme Court, seeking not only the PlayStation, but the granting of his original request for a PC as well.

This is not a joke.

Knight is in prison having been convicted of the Hoddle Street Massacre, as it became known. A former army cadet, on the evening of August 9, 1987, he climbed atop a billboard - armed with two rifles and a shotgun - and fired at numerous passing cars (as well as a police helicopter) on the Melbourne street.

Hoddle St killer Julian Knight launches legal action over decision not to allow him a PlayStation in his cell [Herald Sun]

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I think that is perfectly normal, especially when other prisoners get their requests granted. I know that many people just want to throw convicts in a hole and let them rot, but even prisoners should have some kind of living standard, even more so, when they will spend the rest of their live in prison. Some people here probably haven't lived as long as this guy has been in prison. Just imagine your whole life until now being spent in the same building, same routine every day. It's a really really long time and I can understand his wish for some kind of entertainment.