The evil pervert was convicted of her murder in January 1997 and has been held as a Category A prisoner— the highest security risk — throughout his sentence.
Hopkins, who was aged 20 when he killed Naomi, has never accepted he is guilty.
Now Judge Mark Gosnel has ruled Hopkins can have a full oral hearing relating to his bid to be moved to an open prison — which would move him a step closer to being released.
Judge Gosnell highlighted the killer’s “exemplary” behaviour behind bars and said he had not been given a fair hearing.
Hopkins was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years behind bars before he would be considered for parole.
Despite this tariff expiring in 2013 authorities have repeatedly refused to downgrade his Category A rating.
Hopkins claims this is because he is still protesting his innocence and he is in an unfair Catch-22 situation.
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