A Nigerian inmate was granted leave for a judicial review into whether prison officers had acted unlawfully by refusing him access to the music of late Rastafarian superstar Bob Marley and outside prison treatment for his back pain. Brian Alfred Hall, 30, jailed in 1998 for 18 years for possession of drugs, had sought a judicial review for each of 38 complaints of 'maltreatment' he claimed he was subjected to in Stanley Prison. The complaints included two in which he said he was disciplined by prison officers after saying or singing Nigerian gospels with a phrase - once claimed by him to mean 'God helps your spirit' in his native language, Igbo - that resembled the pronunciation of 'F*** your mother' in Cantonese. But the court dismissed these two complaints on the grounds that he should have known the Cantonese implication of the phrase after staying in prison. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann ruled in the Court of First Instance yesterday that only four of the applications had grounds for review. Among the issues to be reviewed is the seizure of cassette tapes of the songs of reggae and Rastafarian king Bob Marley. Hall told the court he followed the Rastafarian faith and argued that the seizure was 'arbitrary' and 'malicious', as there was no law against playing religious music in a cell. Mr Justice Hartmann also granted the inmate a review of the prison officers' decision to stop him from receiving treatment for chronic back pain by a chiropractor from outside the prison. He told the court an X-ray of his spine in 2000 had shown curvature and fusion of vertebrae, which he alleged happened after he was 'repeatedly assaulted' by prison officers. He said prison medical officers gave him sedatives and painkillers that acted on his symptoms but did not help his condition. Hall said he had told visiting Justices of the Peace, Commission of Correctional Services officers and superintendents, more than 50 times, that he needed to seek outside help as advised by a chiropractor, but his pleas were ignored. The judge said the issue was of public importance as it related to the matter of whether prisoners were entitled to sufficient medical help. But his complaints about the prison's failure to provide him with a Swiss-brand body lotion, two showers a day and extra time for reading prompted Mr Justice Hartmann to remind him he was being kept under a prison regime. 'You are working in an institution, the purpose of which is to restrict your freedom,' said the judge.