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'Badness' Binse admits old Vic robberies

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

Melbourne career criminal Christopher "Badness" Binse is compiling a book behind bars and says he wants to leave a legacy.

The 48-year-old - who now goes by the surname Pecotic - has pleaded guilty to a string of hold-ups in the 1980s and 90s that netted about $393,500 and a swag of guns.

He says he wants to apologise to all his victims and continue his "passionate" campaign for prisoner rights and the "damaging impact" of isolation.

"I want to tell my life (story)," Binse, who was representing himself, told Supreme Court Justice Terry Forrest on Tuesday.

"I want people to know and learn, not Badness, but the person who was moulded from Badness."

Binse is 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, after a colourful criminal career.

He pulled a revolver on plainclothes police officers he thought were assassins sent to kill him, before hiding out in his house, where police used tear gas to finally smoke him out.

Binse, 48, has been out of custody for just four years since he was 13 years old and has been convicted of armed robbery seven times.

He's also tried to escape from custody six times, succeeded twice, and had 96 convictions by the time he was 24.

After he pleaded guilty to the '80s and '90s hold-ups on Tuesday, Binse was asked to name his last occupation and with a smile, he replied: "Financial solutions consultant.

"It's true," he said.

"I've got the business cards to prove it."

Binse said he was pleased Justice Forrest was dealing with his plea hearing on January 30.

"You're a good judge, I don't fault ya," he said.

He brought a bundle of documents with him to court and promised the judge he would present a good case.

"Instead of looking at Chopper Read, we're going to see Picasso," Binse said.

BINSE'S GUN-WIELDING CRIME SPREE 25 YEARS AGO INCLUDE:

* May 30, 1988, Altona - robbed a sports store of five firearms

* May 31, 1988, Keilor East - stole $21,688 from the State Bank of Victoria

* June 17, 1988, Moonee Ponds - robbed a TAB of $5326

* June 17, 1988, St Albans - attempted to rob the Commonwealth Bank

* August 29, 1989, Noble Park - robbed the Commonwealth Bank of $23,757

* October 25, 1991, Moonee Ponds - stole $55,000 from the State Bank of Victoria

* November 8, 1991, Maribyrnong - robbed a security company of $80,234 and two guns

* Shoots a gun towards a member of the public on the same day

* December 10, 1991 - robbed the Commonwealth Bank of $207,500.

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