Melbourne career criminal Christopher “Badness” Binse sacked his lawyer, then told a Supreme Court he saw “stars and s***” to try and explain how serious his mental health problems were.
Dismissing his barrister Michael FitzGerald, the 48-year-old convicted armed robber – who now goes by the surname Pecotic – represented himself on Friday with an expletive-riddled speech from the dock.
Unhappy with the way his mental health condition was portrayed in court, Binse tried to set the record straight.
“I was walking around all f***ed up. Damaged,” he told Justice Terry Forrest during his plea hearing.
“I could see stars and s***.”
Binse didn’t hold back during a rambling address in which he referenced Micky Mouse, took potshots at legal identities, and praised prosecutor Peter Rose QC as a “good bloke even though he might be on the other side of the bench”.
He was angry a recent psychiatric report didn’t go far enough in assessing his mental health issues, arguing it ignored the “mountain” of material already in his file.
Armed with a bulging folder, he tried to convince the judge of his long-standing post traumatic stress disorder.
Binse was sworn in with the Koran following his conversion to Islam, which the court earlier heard had prompted his confession.
He pleaded guilty last year to seven previously unsolved armed robberies from 1988 to 1991 and one count of reckless conduct endangering life for shooting at a shop employee while fleeing a hold-up.
He is already serving at least 14 years and two months in jail for armed robbery and shooting at police during a 44-hour siege in Melbourne in 2012.
In a colourful criminal career, Binse amassed 96 convictions by the time he was 24 and has been convicted of armed robbery seven times.
He famously taunted police while on the run, sending them postcards while interstate.
Justice Forrest will consider his mental state and how onerous jail will be for him when he forms his sentence on the latest charges.
The plea hearing resumes on Monday.