Paul Steven Haigh
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Paul Steven Haigh
Born 5 September 1957(age 55)
Penalty 6 x life imprisonment
Number of victims 7
Date apprehended 1979
Paul Steven Haigh is an Australian serial killer currently serving six sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the murder of seven people in the late 1970s.
In 1978, in the first two weeks after being paroled for a string of armed holdups, in separate armed robberies Haigh shot dead TattsLottoagency worker Evelyn Adams, aged 58, and 45-year-old pizza shop operator, and father of two, Bruno Cingolani.
In 1979, Haigh began killing people he believed knew too much about his crimes. Haigh shot dead his associate Wayne Keith Smith, aged 27, and his associate’s former girlfriend Sheryle Gardner, 31. Haigh also shot dead Gardner's son Danny Mitchell, 10, who was sitting beside his mother in their car, to stop him identifying his mother's killer. Haigh's most brutal attack was committed against his girlfriend, Lisa Brearley, aged 19, whom Haigh stabbed 157 times after allowing another man to rape her at knifepoint.
Haigh's last victim was sex offender Donald George Hatherley whom Haigh murdered in a jail cell at Pentridge Prison in 1991. Haigh claimed he "assisted" Hatherley to commit suicide by placing a noose around his neck, kicking a cupboard out from under him then pushing down on Hatherley's shoulders. A jury found Haigh guilty of Hatherley's murder.
Won right to appeal
On 19 April 2011, at a hearing before Victorian Court of Appeal justices Peter Buchanan, Geoffrey Nettle and Emilios Kyrou, Haigh won the right to have his sentence reviewed to determine whether he should be entitled to parole, after he appealed a 2009 Victorian Supreme Court (Trial Division) decision to deny his request to be given a minimum term. Haigh argued that the 2009 decision by Justice Betty King was flawed because it had been based on a 2005 pre-sentence report that was later withdrawn by the Victorian Parole Board and replaced in 2007.
The appeal was rejected on 13 December 2012.
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In his final submissions during Haigh's application for a minimum term for six horrific murders he committed in the late 1970s, prosecutor Peter Rose, SC, described the shocking string of murders as pre-meditated, cold-blooded and vile.
He said they had been committed by a remorseless man who to this day blames his victims and abuses drugs in jail.
Mr Rose said Haigh's murders were not only planned but some involved "particularly degrading acts".
"These are just so horrible, that life without parole is the appropriate sentence," Mr Rose told Justice David Beach.
Haigh was convicted of murdering his girlfriend of three weeks Lisa Brearley, 19, after allowing another man to rape her.
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Haigh, who also had sexual contact with Ms Brearley knowing he was soon to kill her for fear she would talk to police about certain weapons, stabbed the young woman 157 times, later writing that "I only intended to do twenty but I lost count".
"Lisa became a loose end," Haigh wrote.
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Haigh shot dead Tattslotto agency worker Evelyn Abrahams.
Mr Rose said Haigh blamed Ms Abrahams for the shooting because she provoked him and was "disobedient" by resisting, instead of allowing his armed robbery to "go its ugly way".
Haigh killed pizza shop owner Bruno Cingolani by shooting him with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range.
Mr Rose said the motive for that planned robbery was to help finance a prisoner's escape, and that Mr Cingolani was killed because he tried to protect his takings for his family's sake.
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Haigh shot dead mother Sheryle Gardner to keep her quiet, along with her ten-year-old son Danny Mitchell who was with her at the time.
Haigh wrote that while it was against the criminal code to shoot children, Ms Gardner was a bad mother for putting the boy in the "terrible situation" of being a witness.
"Danny being present complicated matters greatly," Haigh wrote.
Haigh said he "consoled" the sobbing boy before shooting him three times in the back of the head.
Haigh also shot associate Wayne Smith so that, in his words, he "wouldn't look weak" in the eyes of accomplices.
Serial killer Paul Haigh (centre) and his victims Danny Mitchell, 9, his mother Sheryle Gardner, 31, (both left) and Lisa Maude Brearley, 19 (right). Source: Herald Sun
Paul Haigh (centre) and victims Danny Mitchell, 9, his mother Sheryle Gardner, 31…(both left) and Lisa Maude Brearley, 19 (right).
During today's hearing, psychiatrist Dr Yvonne Skinner said Haigh did not have the capacity to feel empathy on an emotional level and would be a "moderate to high" risk of re-offending if he was ever released.
Dr Skinner said she believed Haigh, now 54, did not have a mental illness but suffered from a personality disorder "with multiple different features".
When asked by Mr Rose if Haigh shunned responsibility for his crimes, Dr Skinner said: "I think he deals with it by laying the blame on other people or factors."
The court heard Haigh, said to have an addictive behaviour, has been regularly using illicit drugs in jail - but had tried to seek help.
Under cross examination by Haigh, Dr Skinner said impulsive tendencies were not a major characteristic of his personality and that his actions were planned and carefully considered.
Haigh will make his final submissions in court tomorrow morning.