'I'm no longer a monster' says serial killer
Victoria's worst serial killer has applied to have a minimum term and says he is a far cry from the monster of yesteryear.
Paul Steven Haigh, 54, who is serving six life sentences, is representing himself in the application in the Victorian Supreme Court.
Over a period of nearly two hours on Monday, Haigh read a series of essays to the court about topics such as remorse, callousness and sympathy.
He described his six murders as "horrendous", "abominable" and "repulsive".
"What I am today [is] a far cry from the monster of yesteryear," he told the court on Monday.
Haigh said he was not incorrigible and should not be denied his freedom.
He told a story about a butterfly becoming a caterpillar and said: "Though I don't claim to be a perfect butterfly yet, I am not a caterpillar either."
Haigh described himself as no more than a "struggling student of life".
Earlier, asked by Justice David Beach if he would be representing himself, Haigh replied: "Unfortunately, yes sir".
He said circumstances had conspired against him and although he had some legal aid funding it was not for him to be represented by a barrister.
The court has heard Haigh will call psychiatrist Dr Lester Walton and four or five prison officers to give evidence on his behalf.
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.
He told the court on Monday he was assisting Hatherley to commit suicide.
The hearing is continuing.