Killer Knight asks Governor for mercy

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 05 April 2015 | 23.08

Julian Knight has written to the Governor to ask for mercy. Source: News Limited

HODDLE St mass murderer Julian Knight has penned a petition of mercy to the Governor of Victoria.

Knight wrote the letter to Alex Chernov asking him to step in to release him from Port Phillip Prison after a series­ of failed legal bids for freedom.

Knight, 47, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 27 years for murdering seven people and wounding 19 others in the 1987 massacre.

In his letter Knight argues many factors point to a low chance of him reoffending if he is ever released from jail.

"My offences occurred in a set of unique circumstances that are impossible to reconstruct," Knight's letter states.

"On 16 March, forensic psychiatrist Professor Paul E. Mullen submitted a report to Corrections Victoria regarding his psychiatric evaluation of me... he (also) stated that 'the chances, in my opinion, of Mr Knight repeating a massacre like that at Hoddle Street are remote'."

Knight also refers to a report by forensic psychologist Professor James R.P. Ogloff, who said: "Mr Knight does not exhibit any symptoms of major mental illness."

For much of the past year Knight has been using a controversial website to communicate with the outside world.

The site, iexpress.org.au, dubbed "Facebook for criminals", has poems, photos and anecdotes about Knight's time spent behind bars.

Prisoner advocacy group Justice Action set up the website and uploads information and images for prisoners and aids their contact with the public.

Victims of crime advocates have blasted the website and Corrections Victoria has said it does not support it.

Crime Victims Support Association­ spokesman Noel McNamara said: "Why would you give somebody like that mercy?

"He killed and injured those people in cold blood and for all that misery he caused he deserves­ no mercy. He deserves to die in jail for what he did."

In his letter to the Governor, Knight also questions why the parole board has not explained how his case differs from other murderers.

Knight concluded his 21-page plea by writing: "In the event that Your Excellency is not minded to grant me mercy, I ask that Your Excellency provide me with the reasons for Your Excellency's decision, not simply a one-­sentence notification."

david.hurley@news.com.au

@davidhurleyHS

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