Victoria's worst serial killer says he deserves a decreased
sentence for the murder of six people because he was
labouring under a mental illness at the time.
Paul Steven Haigh, 54, says he was the "victim" of borderline
personality disorder when he murdered six people, including a
10-year-old boy, in the 1970s.
Arguing why he should be given a minimum term on his sentence
of life with no parole, Haigh said he was afflicted with a
similar personality disorder to that suffered by Hoddle
Street mass murderer Julian Knight, which resulted in him
receiving a 27-year non-parole term.
Haigh said he also should have received mitigation for his
illness, which was more severe than Knight's.
"Knight's anti-social behaviour is negligible when compared
with my own," he told the Victorian Supreme Court in his
closing submission on Thursday.
Haigh said something "pathologically abhorrent" was working
within him at the time of the "regretted atrocities" but that
doctors had since determined he was no longer labouring under
the illness, which typically diminished with age.
"Being afflicted with borderline personality disorder
provides me with mitigating circumstances, as I was afflicted
with something I did not ask for, choose to have or bring on
myself," he said.
"I laboured under a borderline personality disorder that I
respectfully say should carry weight in the scales of
"I shouldn't be punished as if I was a normal person at the
time of my offences."
Haigh has spent more than 30 years in prison for the murders
and was also convicted of killing sex offender Donald George
Hatherley, whom he helped hang in a jail cell in 1991.
He will conclude his submission on Friday after being given
more time by Justice David Beach.