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Serial killer's parole bid refused

Serial killer Paul Steven Haigh has lost his bid for a minimum term on his life-without-parole sentence for the murders of six people, including a 10-year-old boy.
Haigh, now 55, had argued he deserved a mitigated sentence because, among other reasons, he was the "victim" of borderline personality disorder when he committed the murders in the 1970s.
But his application was dismissed by Justice David Beach in the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday. The judge described the murders as "unjustifiable and merited condign punishment".
Haigh fatally shot TattsLotto agency worker Evelyn Adams, 58, and 45-year-old pizza shop operator and father-of-two Bruno Cingolani in 1978, in separate armed robberies, two weeks after being paroled for a string of armed hold-ups.
Then in 1979, he killed people he believed knew too much about his crimes, including his associate Wayne Keith Smith, 27, and his associate's former girlfriend Sheryle Gardner, 31.
He also shot dead Ms Gardner's son Danny Mitchell, 10, who was a witness to his mother's death, sitting beside her in her car when she was shot.
Haigh killed his girlfriend Lisa Brearley, 19, by stabbing her 157 times after allowing another man to rape and sodomise her at knifepoint, because he believed she was sleeping with other men.
The court heard that after Ms Brearley's murder, Haigh said: "I only intended to do 20 [stab wounds], but I lost count so then I started counting out another 20. I kept making sure she was dead."
In 1991 he killed sex offender Donald George Hatherley in a jail cell at Pentridge Prison and was convicted by a jury of Hatherley's murder.
He received a life sentence with a minimum for Hatherley's murder.
In contesting the application, prosecutor Peter Rose, SC, told the court Haigh should never be released. He said Haigh's past history and conduct, as well as several prior convictions, meant the public must be protected from him, therefore the court should ensure he remain in custody.
Mr Rose also described his crimes as among the worst combination of murders ever committed in Victoria.
In his reasons for dismissing Haigh's application, Justice Beach said the six murders that were the subject of Haigh's application were "dreadful crimes".
He said while he accepted that Haigh's conduct in prison over the past several years had been considerably better than it was in the early years of his sentences, "the applicant's continued willingness to attribute blame to others; his continued use of illicit drugs in prison; the murder of Donald Hatherley; his lack of any remorse in respect of the murder of Donald Hatherley; the significant episodes of bad behaviour in prison up until the last several years and the future risk of him committing further offences of violence (as disclosed in the evidence) are matters that do not tell in favour of the granting of a non-parole period.
"While the applicant's behaviour now (and in the last several years) is significantly different from his behaviour when he was a younger man, a consideration of all of the material in this case suggests to me that he remains a person who will say and do whatever he thinks will suit the course he is currently pursuing," the judge said.
"I accept the evidence that, notwithstanding the elapse of time and significant changes in behaviour, the applicant remains (and will remain) a moderate to high risk of committing further offences of violence."
Justice Beach said after carefully considered the application, in which Haigh was self-represented, "None of it leads me to the conclusion that it is appropriate to fix a non-parole period.
"On all of the material, I am of the view that it is, in fact, inappropriate to fix a non-parole period," he said.
"The application for the fixing of a non-parole period in respect of the life sentences imposed upon him for the murders of Evelyn Abraham, Bruno Cingolani, Wayne Keith Smith, Sheryle Ann Gardner, Danny William Mitchell and Lisa Maude Brearley is refused."

www.theage.com.au (13-12-2012)
Andrea Petrie
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/serial-killers-parole-bid-refused-20121213-2bb80.html


Cunning serial killer Paul Haigh confessed to two unsolved murders with an eye to his future jail time, says cop

Serial killer Paul Haigh was "planning for the future"' when he confessed to two unsolved murders, according to a veteran detective who says Haigh is the most cunning criminal he's ever met.
Retired Det Sen-Sgt Jim Fry, the last policeman to charge Haigh with murder, said he was not surprised the cold-blooded killer was now relying on his alleged redemption to try to secure his release from jail.
He said of all the killers he had questioned in 15 years as a homicide detective, Haigh was "a one-off, definitely a one-off'' for both intelligence and rat cunning.
Haigh's last-ditch bid for a future outside jail goes to the Supreme Court today.
Haigh, 54, will ask the court to set a non-parole period so he can eventually be freed.
Victoria's most prolific serial killer has been convicted of murder seven times and is serving life with no parole, but says he deserves to be given another chance.
Haigh, who will represent himself, will argue he is a changed man and no longer a threat to the community. But Mr Fry says he doubts Haigh's story.
He questioned Haigh after he contacted police in 1986 and confessed to two murders which had been unsolved for eight years.
It was the first murder confession video recorded in Victoria and can be seen exclusively on Herald Sun online.
Haigh admitted killing shop assistant Evelyn Abraham at a Prahran Tattslotto agency and Bruno Cingolani at his Caulfield pizza parlour 11 weeks later, during the course of armed robberies, in 1978.
Mr Fry said police had "no hope whatsoever'' of solving the murders if Haigh had not contacted police eight years later and then confessed when interviewed at Pentridge Prison.
He said he believed Haigh confessed because he didn't want the two unsolved murders to "come back and bite him''.
"He didn't want the police to learn later he'd been responsible for those murders and lose the chance of being given some credit for confessing,'' Mr Fry said.
"He didn't know what the police had, or whether there was a chance these murders could come back and haunt him later in his sentence''.
He said Haigh, whom he spoke to three times in Pentridge, was one of the most deceptive killers he had met.
"To all outward appearances he was pleasant, polite, respectful and apologetic,'' Mr Fry said.
He said Haigh was "relaxed, friendly, almost likable'' during the interview and did not object to it being recorded on video.
"As a detective, I couldn't say he was believable, because nothing in this life surprises me, but the uninitiated looking at that tape would think butter wouldn't melt in his mouth,'' he said.
"It was just so cold-hearted, so matter of fact, the way he described killing people - as though life meant nothing''.

www.news.com.au (3-12-2012)
http://www.news.com.au/national/cunning-serial-killer-paul-haigh-confessed-to-two-unsolved-murders-with-an-eye-to-the-future/story-e6frfkp9-1226527622347


Killer's book would add to trauma: group

A jailhouse manuscript penned by Victoria's worst serial killer should never be allowed to be published, a victims of crime support group says.
Seven-time murderer Paul Steven Haigh lays blame on some of his victims for their deaths in his book The House of the Blue Light, which contains a harrowing account of how he killed two of his victims.
Crime Victims Support Association president Noel McNamara said the book should never be published.
"It's just showing a complete disrespect and disregard of victims," Mr McNamara said on Tuesday.
Mr McNamara said if the book was ever released, it would add to the grief felt by families dealing with the traumatic murder of a loved one.
"When you've got cold-blooded killers writing their thoughts, it just leaves a very nasty taste in your mouth," he said.
"As far as I know, there's no laws about cold-blooded killers saying what they like, which is pretty disgusting.
"That shouldn't be allowed to happen. Something's got to be done."
In the book, Haigh gives a harrowing account of how he killed Sheryle Gardner and her nine-year-old son Danny Mitchell in 1979, News Ltd has reported.
"I shot the mother first. Then, while consoling the boy, I shot him with the second gun when his back was turned to me," he writes.
He writes that some of his victims only had themselves to blame, News Ltd reported.
Haigh was jailed for life over the murders of six people in the late 1970s. He also helped a sex offender hang himself in Pentridge Prison in 1991.
He has filed an application to seek a minimum non-parole term.
Mr McNamara said Haigh was remorseless and he would write to the Victorian government in a bid to prevent the book being released.
"You can't let these people out. You can see he's learnt nothing by putting out something like that."

AAP (10-4-2012)
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/national/13378357/killers-book-would-add-to-trauma-group/


Victoria's worst serial killer Paul Steven Haigh wants right to parole

Victoria's worst serial killer is asking a court to set him free one day.
Paul Steven Haigh, 53, is serving six life sentences for the murders of six people during a killing spree and a seventh victim in prison.
His victims include a 10-year-old boy.
Haigh was given no minimum term for his crimes.
He unsuccessfully applied for one in 2009, telling the court he was no longer a "monster".
But the judge who rejected that bid for early release was given the wrong pre-sentence report and the Court of Appeal decided he should be able to have a fresh hearing.
This morning Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Curtain was told there would be extensive psychiatric assessment of Haigh over the next few months.
Justice Curtain adjourned the hearing until next year.
In the 1970s Haigh killed his girlfriend Lisa Brearley; pizza shop operator Bruno Cingolani; Tattlotto agency worker Evelyn Adams; Wayne Keith Smith, an associate; and Sheryle Gardner and her son Danny Mitchell, aged 10.
While in prison Haigh helped hang a fellow inmate in a Pentridge cell in 1991.

Herald Sun (13-10-2011)
Elissa Hunt
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/victorias-worst-serial-killer-paul-steven-haigh-wants-right-to-parole/story-e6frg6n6-1226165685524


Serial killer Paul Steven Haigh wins right to seek parole

A serial killer who says he is no longer a monster, despite having killed seven people including a child, has won the right to have his sentence reviewed to determine whether he should be entitled to parole.
Paul Steven Haigh, 53, who is serving six life sentences without parole, appealed a 2009 Victorian Supreme Court decision to deny his request to be given a minimum term.
Representing himself in the Victorian Court of Appeal, he said his remorse, as well as the mental disorders he suffered at the time of the killings, had not been considered by Justice Betty King in 2009.
He argued her decision was flawed because she had based it on a 2005 pre-sentence report that was later withdrawn by the Victorian Parole Board and replaced in 2007.
The first report had portrayed him so negatively that he "considered stepping into the shower and cutting my throat".
Last week Haigh told justices Peter Buchanan, Geoffrey Nettle and Emilios Kyrou that he no longer suffered mental disorders and no longer posed a threat to society.
"Jail has served its purpose in allowing me to rehabilitate so it is a needless cruelty to keep me (there)," he said.
"I once belonged there because I was once a monster but having become something less, then I deserve to be let out of the cage."
Justice Buchanan today said the order made by Justice King should be set aside.
He ordered the matter be heard by another judge in the trial division.
Haigh was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Lisa Brearley, 19, Tattslotto agency worker Evelyn Adams, 58, 45-year-old pizza shop operator and father of two Bruno Cingolani, Sheryle Gardner, 31, and her 10-year-old son Danny Mitchell and associate Wayne Keith Smith, 27, in the late 1970s.
Haigh, who has spent more than 30 years in prison, was also convicted of killing sex offender Donald George Hatherley, whom he helped hang in a jail cell at Pentridge Prison in 1991.

AAP (19-4-2011)
Belinda Merhab
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/serial-killer-paul-steven-haigh-wins-right-to-seek-parole/story-e6frf7jx-1226041471485


Serial killer Paul Haigh says he's no 'monster', seeks parole

A serial killer convicted of the murder of seven people including a 10-year-old boy says he is no longer a "monster" and deserves to be given a chance at parole.
Paul Haigh
Paul Steven Haigh, 53, who is serving six life sentences without parole, is appealing a 2009 Victorian Supreme Court decision to deny his request to be given a minimum term.
Representing himself in the Victorian Court of Appeal today, Haigh said that at the time he committed the offences, he had been suffering from up to three mental disorders.
He said this should have been considered as a mitigating factor by Justice Betty King, who rejected his request for a minimum term in 2009.
He also disputed Justice King's finding that he was someone who remained "a callous individual" who had "no real empathy".
Haigh said he felt remorse for the suffering he caused and believed he could be a contributing member of society if released, now that he was no longer suffering from the personality disorders that he claimed he experienced at the time of the killings.
"Jail has served its purpose in allowing me to rehabilitate so it is a needless cruelty to keep me (there)," he said.
"I once belonged there because I was once a monster but having become something less, then I deserve to be let out of the cage."
He said he hoped to be given the chance to "establish myself in the community ... having a productive life and contributing in ways that because of my affliction when young was unable to".
Haigh was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Lisa Brearley, 19, Tattslotto agency worker Evelyn Adams, 58, pizza shop operator and father of two Bruno Cingolani, 45, Sheryle Gardner, 31, and her 10-year-old son Danny Mitchell and associate Wayne Keith Smith, 27, in the late 1970s.
Haigh, who has spent more than 30 years in prison, was also convicted of killing sex offender Donald George Hatherley, whom he helped hang in a jail cell at Pentridge Prison in 1991.
The hearing before Justices Peter Buchanan, Geoffrey Nettle and Emilios Kyrou continues.

AAP (11-4-2011)
http://www.news.com.au/national/serial-killer-paul-haigh-says-hes-no-monster-seeks-parole/story-e6frfkvr-1226037212742

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