Killer takes prison to court over stationery bill
A MURDERER who threatened to kill a judge has taken Corrections Victoria to court over a whopping stationery bill, among other grievances.
Hugo Rich, 66, who shot dead security guard Erwin Kastenberger during a suburban shopping centre robbery, has sought a review into the prison authority's decision not to approve funds for $3000 worth of stationery he claims he needs for a sentence appeal.
The lifelong criminal also wants a review into their refusal to let him buy a new scanner and upgraded computer software, as well as replace his faulty prison-issued computer.
The inmate made 23 requests to view documents relating to his behind-bars demands in the Supreme Court of Victoria earlier this month.
The court heard Rich believes vital information about his case is being withheld. Associate Justice Ierodiaconou said: "He says Corrections Victoria will not provide information he seeks because in the event it does, he will win his case."
She denied all requests for documents and warned the killer not to use court processes as a "fishing exercise".
The high-maintenance inmate has taken prison authorities to court numerous times since being incarcerated.
Rich, a prolific armed robber, was given a life sentence for murdering Mr Kastenberger at a Blackburn North shopping centre bank in 2005.
A decade earlier, he was jailed for armed robbery charges following a trial in which he made death threats against former County Court judge Carolyn Douglas.
Rich told the then Crown prosecutor he had money in an overseas bank account and could "get you anytime, slut".
"I don't care how long it takes - 25 years, bitch - I'll have a go at you," he said.
He also called Judge Geoff Byrne a "rat" and "silly old dog".
The murderer intends to file a special leave application to the High Court to appeal a decision by the Court of Appeal, which upheld his conviction and sentence for murder and armed robbery in 2014.
In his affidavit, dated February 23, he claimed he needed $3000 worth of stationery to complete the application.
The court heard defendant Brett Ryan, acting on behalf of Barwon Prison and Corrections Victoria, did not understand the request but would consider granting it if a costing is provided.