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Prison con by Vic triple killer alleged

AAP logoAAP 22/07/2016 By Caitlin Guilfoyle

A Victorian triple murderer claims he's been "on lockdown" for five years over allegations he conned two inmates out of about $50,000 while the three were behind bars.

Gregory Brazel is in jail for killing three women between the 1980s and 1990s.

Police say he also defrauded two prisoners at Port Phillip Prison in 2011 by organising to have their money transferred into accounts he could control.

It's alleged he siphoned money from Thomas Kenyon after offering to help him with a legal matter, court documents show.

The other man, convicted wife killer Peter Caruso, has since died, the Melbourne Magistrates Court has heard.

Brazel appeared in court via video link on Friday as prosecutors applied to adjourn his December hearing because the lead investigator would be overseas.

Brazel objected and said he wanted the matter heard as soon as possible.

He claimed he had been held in a management unit "on lockdown" since the allegations were levelled against him, and if he was found not guilty he would be released from the stringent conditions.

"I'm remaining on 23-hour lockdown while the informant is off gallivanting around the globe," the triple killer told the court.

Magistrate Timothy Bourke said Brazel made "a fair complaint" and decided to move the three-day hearing forward to October.

Brazel was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2003, with a 27-year minimum term, after confessing to the 1982 murder of a 50-year-old Mount Eliza shopkeeper.

The 27-year minimum was later reduced to 22 years.

Brazel was already serving a 34-year jail term for the murders of two prostitutes in 1990.

In a statement previously released to media, Kenyon said he went to Brazel with an issue about the sale of his house because he had been told Brazel did a bit of legal work.

Brazel allegedly said he would chat to his solicitor about taking the case on, before telling Kenyon they were going to sue a real estate office and he should transfer $13,000 into a bank account for fees.

Kenyon organised the transfer, but no legal work was ever done, his statement says.

Court documents allege Brazel took more than $37,000 from Caruso.

Brazel is charged with three deception-related offences.

He is currently in custody at Barwon Prison, the court heard.

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