Bye Bye Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse jailed for 18 years


Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse: Man at centre of Melbourne siege jailed for 18 years

CHRISTOPHER Dean Binse, aka Badness

CHRISTOPHER Dean Binse, aka Badness

A man who was at the centre of a two-day siege in Melbourne’s north-west in 2012 has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

Christopher Dean Binse, who goes by the nickname “Badness”, shot at police multiple times during the 44-hour siege at his Keilor East home in May 2012.

Police fired tear gas and beanbag bullets at Binse before they arrested him, and charged him with several firearms and robbery offences pertaining to the siege and an armed robbery in March 2012.

The court heard Binse ambushed two Armaguard employees with a shotgun outside a Laverton hotel and stole more than $230,000 in cash and two revolvers.

Binse spent more than 28 years of his life in custody after his father taught him to steal.

He spent much of that time in isolation in the notorious Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison.

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Who is Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse?

  • A 43-year-old serial bank robber and jail escapee who has spent most of his life behind bars.
  • He was sent to Pentridge Prison at the age of 17 and upon his release started to commit more serious offences.
  • Was given the nickname “Badness” by a friend in Pentridge in 1988.
  • He committed a number of armed bank robberies and represented himself at trials, even cross-examining some victims.
  • Binse made a number of attempted escapes from jail, including from Parramatta Prison in 1992. While on the run he taunted police by sending postcards and putting ads in newspapers.
  • He was repeatedly denied parole. The last time parole was denied he stopped cooperating with authorities, demanded solitary confinement and started studying Buddhism.
  • In 2005, he was released from super max after serving his full sentence. Upon release, he called for improved rehabilitation programs in jail.

The video below is the best insight we will find into his mind. He actually took part in a show about prison escapes a few years back, I edited out all the crap

This is an interesting made for TV Interview with Christopher Binse with re-enactments of his escapes from custody as well as interviews with the cops who chased and jailed him over the years. A career criminal to the end. Will he have a crack at escaping again?

In sentencing, Justice Terry Forrest told Binse he was “in many ways the architect of [his] own misfortune”.

“I consider that you are thoroughly institutionalised,” he said.

Justice Forrest told the court he accepted Binse genuinely believed he and his family were in danger from a man who attacked Binse in prison in 2006.

But he said that did not excuse his crimes.

The judge took into account Binse’s pleas of guilty and said it would be “inhumane” not to take into account the impact of prison on Binse’s mental health.

But he said Binse’s prior criminal history and the nature of his crimes meant a lengthy sentence was warranted.

Binse was sentenced to 18 years and two months in prison, with a minimum term of 14 years and two months.

Justice Forrest said Binse would benefit from being released on parole, where he would be subject to supervision.

Christopher Dean Binse aka ‘Badness’ has been jailed at least 14 years for shooting at police during 44-hour siege after Armaguard robbery

A HARDENED criminal nicknamed “Badness” has been imprisoned for at least 14 years for a crime spree that ended in him barricading himself inside his home during a 44-hour siege.

Supreme Court Justice Terry Forrest this morning handed down the lengthy sentence to Christopher Dean Binse.

Binse was sentenced today for robbing $235,000 from an armoured vehicle at gunpoint outside a Laverton hotel in March 2012, and then later holding police at bay — including firing shots at officers.

The jail term, which he will serve out in the Acacia Unit Barwon, includes a non-parole period of 14 years and two months, and a maximum of 18 years and two months.

Justice Forrest said Binse, 45, who has spent most of his life in prison for armed robbery, prison escapes, drug and weapon possession convictions, had a poor prospect of rehabilitation.

“When such crimes are committed they cause terror to those immediately involved and apprehension in the wider community,” Justice Forrest said.

“You fired at or near police officers who were simply doing their job.”

“Your prior record and the gravity of your current offending leads me to conclude the community needs protection from you,” he said.

“There is obviously a powerful need to deter you from re-offending.

“It is my sincere hope that you will rehabilitate yourself and become a functioning member of the wider community.”

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Binse was arrested by heavily-armed police officers following a stand-off for almost two days at his Keilor East home.

After pulling a revolver on officers pursuing him through an Italian restaurant, Binse holed himself up inside the Stirling Rd house and fired several shots at a police vehicle and a robot deployed to the front of his home.

He also fired towards a busy road at the back of the property.

Binse was arrested after confronting police outside his home wearing an armoured vest and carrying a handgun.

Officers fired tear gas into his house and used beanbag ammunition to bring him down.

Justice Forrest said while Binse pleaded guilty to the March 2012 armed robbery, offences relating to the siege and weapons and drugs charges following a contested committal hearing, he showed little remorse.

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Part of the huge weapons cache police uncovered.

Part of the huge weapons cache police uncovered.

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He had pleaded guilty to six charges involving possessing weapons, theft and reckless conduct endangering life.

The Supreme Court Judge said the guilty pleas were too late and letters of apology sent to the two armed guards bailed up during the armed robbery as self-serving.

“I am unable to conclude you are genuinely remorseful,” Justice Forrest said.

Binse has served 28 of the past 32 years in some form of detention, and was likely to be held in isolation for much of his sentence.

Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse went on five-month crime spree and stalked man he believed had shot a bikie mate, court told

A VIOLENT criminal dubbed “Badness” went on a five-month crime spree, which began with him stalking an enemy he believed shot his bikie mate and culminated in a two-day siege with police in Melbourne’s north-west, a court has heard.

CCTV footage of the May 2012 siege and an earlier terrifying armed robbery perpetrated by Christopher Binse — during which he stole $235,000 from two Armaguard employees in Laverton — was shown to the Supreme Court.

Prosecutor Peter Chadwick, QC, said the 45-year-old fired at least nine shots during the violent 44-hour stand-off with police, with bullets hitting an armoured police vehicle, a police robot, and one travelling through two fences to a busy suburban street in Keilor East.

The siege that gripped Melbourne ended after police used tear gas to force Binse out, before firing beanbag rounds at him as he tried to pick up his discarded revolver, stolen from a guard during the armed robbery.

Police search for bullets and other evidence in East Keilor.

Police search for bullets and other evidence in East Keilor.

During the siege, police found a cache of weapons — including a fully automatic and semi-automatic machine gun, a rifle with a silencer and modified to fire fully automatic and a sawn-off and loaded shotgun — as well as balaclavas, face masks, ballistic vests and wigs when they searched storage units rented by Binse.

Defence counsel Saul Holt SC said Binse collected the arsenal of weapons because he believed a man, who cannot be named and with whom he shared “bad blood”, shot his mate in an attempted murder and was going to assault him.

Mr Holt said Binse was assaulted “by four bikies” soon after his November 2011 release from prison and spoke about fears to another man, who was later shot dead.

Police at the scene on day 2 of the siege.

Police at the scene on day 2 of the siege.

The man Binse feared would attack him has been charged with that murder.

Mr Holt said Binse obtained a bag full of weapons to protect himself and his daughter and began wearing a ballistic vest in the days before the siege after attending the same boxing match as Comancheros boss Amad “Jah” Malkoun and underworld figure Mick Gatto.

He said Binse, a “difficult” prisoner who spent most of his time in the restrictive management unit, had spent only a few of his adult years out of jail and had told authorities he was not ready to be released into the community.

Forensic police searching the area around the siege.

Forensic police searching the area around the siege.

“The word institutionalised is possibly made for Christopher Binse,” Mr Holt said.

“He didn’t think he could cope on the outside and he was absolutely right.”

The court heard that in January 2012, Binse began stalking the man he feared would attack him, placing a tracking device on his car, searching public records for information about him and hiring a private investigator.

Christopher Dean Binse.

Christopher Dean Binse.

In the same month, police located an automatic handgun with a silencer and laser pointer in Binse’s car.

In March, Binse committed the armed robbery outside the Westside Hotel in Laverton, telling police he was desperate and needed the cash.

Mr Chadwick said the crime was organised, with Binse cutting fences, creating spyholes and taking equipment prior to the offence to ensure a speedy getaway.

An elderly woman is seen on CCTV footage running from the hotel car park when Binse pointed a sawn-off pump action shotgun at the guards from over a nearby fence.

In the days before the siege, Binse noticed police looking at his motorbike as he was leaving Nidrie La Porchetta and fled the restaurant, showing one officer his revolver and stealing a police radio.

In mid-February, a jury found Binse not guilty of threatening to kill three men during the La Porchetta incident.

Binse pleaded guilty to armed robbery, being a prohibited person using a firearm and being in possession of firearms, reckless conduct placing persons in danger of serious injury and theft.

‘Badness’ Binse was ‘vicious, conniving’: police

SOMETIMES the most cunning crooks come undone in the stupidest ways.

Legendary career criminal James Edward ”Jockey” Smith had his own lucrative franchise selling cannabis and amphetamines when he was caught shoplifting a steam iron, kitchen knives and a plastic tray from a NSW Grace Brothers shop in 1992.

He would have faced a fine at worst but instead chose to pull a gun on the store detective and then force a terrified couple to drive him from the scene. On the run, he headed to Victoria where he enlisted the help of career armed robber Christopher Dean Binse, who was then hiding near Daylesford, having escaped from a NSW jail.

Binse with Lee Rhiannon
Binse with Lee Rhiannon, then a NSW state MP and now a Greens senator, at the 2005 press conference they called to highlight the conditions at the Goulburn jail

Armed robbery squad bugs caught Binse talking to ”Tom”, which was Smith (who used the alias Tom Cummings). A short time later Smith was pulled over by a policeman who suspected the car he was driving was stolen. In the subsequent shootout Smith was killed. All over an $80 theft.

Smith’s mate Binse didn’t learn from Jockey’s mistake. On Sunday he pulled a gun on three detectives at a La Porchetta restaurant in Niddrie while they were checking the registration of his allegedly stolen motorbike.

A few months ago he was pulled up in the country by police and behaved as a perfect gentleman. But this time was different. If police found the gun it would be enough to send him back inside.

From the restaurant he drove to his girlfriend’s home in Sterling Drive, East Keilor, where he has fired more than a dozen shots since the siege began. Rather than respond with force, police planned from the beginning to negotiate and wait him out. They said the girlfriend – who left the house late last night – was not considered a hostage.

There has been some dialogue, which gives some hope. Small conversations have been followed by hours of silence, but as long as there is no immediate threat police are in no hurry. Time, they believe, is on their side.

During sieges, police negotiators often have to profile their subjects on the run. They talk to family, friends and doctors to understand the person they are trying to persuade to be reasonable.

In this case they have the advantage of official reports, psychological profiles, intelligence histories and prison records to assist them. In fact, some of the police now involved have dealt with him personally at different times.

The trouble is, all the evidence shows that Binse has spent a lifetime being unreasonable.

The elite special operations group remains at the scene in case the stalemate escalates to flashpoint. They are not strangers – Binse and the SOG have a 20-year love-hate relationship. The SOG loves to raid him and Binse hates to be arrested. The specialist unit has always been called in because Binse is considered one of the most dangerous gunmen in Australia. Binse, 43, can be charismatic, funny and charming. He once wrote a jolly note to this reporter with a message: ”Here is a kindly proverb you may like to absorb. ‘The trouble with many people who stop to count their blessings is their arithmetic is poor.”’

He is also violent, vindictive and institutionalised. In a later note from inside prison he was less subtle: ”You are a gutter, low-life rodent.”

Neither note made the letters page.

At 14 he was declared uncontrollable and put in the Turana boys home. He has rarely been out of custody since, legally at least.

Binse, who goes by the self-imposed nickname Badness, has tried to escape from custody eight times. In September 1992, he escaped from the St Vincent’s Hospital security ward in Melbourne, using a gun smuggled in by a relative. He was arrested in Sydney, then escaped soon after from the Parramatta jail as prison officers fired shots at him.

The then head of the Victorian armed robbery squad, Detective Senior Sergeant Ray Watson, remembers talking to Binse after his 1992 arrest. ”He seemed detached. I believe his mind was elsewhere, trying to work out an escape plan.”

Watson, now retired, said Binse delighted in taunting the detectives investigating his bank robberies. ”He loved to try and mock us when we were looking for him. Actually we found it quite amusing. But the underlying facts are that he was a vicious, spitting cobra who has not changed his ways. We are all better off when he is inside a secure prison.”

After one of his many Melbourne armed robberies, police didn’t need to look far to identify the likely suspect. Binse took out a classified advertisement in the Herald Sun announcing ”Badness is back”.

He bought a Queensland country property with robbery money and named his spread ”Badlands”. He drove a car with the personalised number plates ”Badness”. He sent Melbourne armed robbery squad detectives Christmas cards with messages such as ”wish you were here” and one covered with dollar signs. Police said one of the greetings was signed ”Lord Badness”.

While he would intimidate bank staff and customers (once firing a shot to keep order), he would change when he was handed the money, often saying ”thank you very much” before leaving.

He often flew in from interstate to commit well-planned stick-ups. After one bank job he was nabbed at Melbourne Airport carrying an $89 stand-by ticket.

”I don’t believe in plastic money, I want the real stuff. If you hadn’t caught me at the airport, you would have had nothing. I know that,” he explained to detectives.

Certainly, having seen first-hand the security of banks, he preferred more rustic hiding spots for his armed robbery proceeds.

When his dog (a pit bull, naturally) was treated at a NSW veterinary clinic, a staff member later commented the $312 cash payment smelled ”musty, as if it had been buried”. The nurse later identified the dog’s owner as Binse from a police picture. ”He tried to chat me up,” she said.

He bought luxury cars, motorbikes (breaking his leg when he came off during a police chase) and land. On his birthday he hired a $400 limousine to drive around Melbourne with a couple of mates.

He was generous with his friends but many thought he was always close to snapping, one saying years ago: ”He’s gone right off. He’s crazy and always tooled up and dangerous.”

A prison source said his behaviour had deteriorated alarmingly. ”He used to have a sense of humor but he became a ranter and raver. I would think he is one of the five most dangerous men in Australia. I would be genuinely frightened if I saw him on the street.”

Binse was a proficient armed robber but he knew he was likely to be caught or killed. When police found his ballistic vest, he expected that if he was cornered they would aim at his unprotected skull, taking ”headshots, headshots, don’t aim for the body, aim for the head”.

Police were particularly concerned when they found a tank-piercing rifle in his substantial armoury.

When he was finally arrested, he became quite chatty with detectives, saying: ”Now I’ve got to do it hard. I enjoyed myself. I had a good time. I’ve got some good memories.”

He told them the money was only part of the motivation.

He did the raids, he said, ”for the excitement, the rush. Lifestyle, you’d have to know what it feels like. It’s like you on a raid, you’re in control, your blood starts rushing, you feel grouse, you’re hyped up. F… the money. It’s more than excitement, it’s an addiction. I don’t know what it is.

”Time’s going by, quick, quick, quick, and you’re just thinking, what happens if you see a police car?

”Most of the time, 95 per cent, I saw a Jack [police] car drive past or saw a Jack car within 10 minutes of the job. It was my good-luck sign. It’s already been through, it won’t come back, it’s going in a different direction.”

When police asked if he took drugs or alcohol before a raid, he laughed and said he would have a salad roll or an egg-and-bacon sandwich.

He told detectives he was religious. ”I believe in God, I used to pray every day in Sydney. You’ve got to have some beliefs, mate. If you believe He’s there, He may help you. I can tell you what, there were a few close calls that I had. If it was meant to be, I would have been dead by now.”

When asked by a detective ”what makes Chris Binse tick?” he responded: ”I wouldn’t know myself. You’ll never know and neither will I.”

Now police at East Keilor are trying to answer that same question.

Is Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse, jailed for a wild crime spree, our worst breed of bandit?

HAD modern-day outlaw Christopher Dean Binse been born an American cowboy he might have rivalled the likes of William H. Bonney and Butch Cassidy for the title of “Most Wanted”.

A bandit and a gunman with a joker’s streak, Binse robbed banks and money guards and has fired nearly as many gunshots as he has jibes towards police.

“According to his mum,” a well-versed detective once told the Sunday Herald Sun, “even when he played cops and robbers as a child, he always wanted to be the robber.”

Former hard-boiled armed robbery squad boss Ray Watson likens Binse more to a bushranger than a cowboy, but the imagery is similar in theme.

As knockabout a folklore character Binse liked to play, he is, rightfully, regarded as one of Victoria’s most notorious — and tragically institutionalised — career criminals.

In true wild-west style during the 1990s while at the height of his career, he gave himself a nickname that would resonate in the papers and rabbit-punch his armed robbery squad adversaries whenever he sent them a signed note or Christmas card.

He called himself “Badness”.

Binse back in police custody in 2012.

Binse back in police custody in 2012.

Christopher Binse as he appeared in police dispatches in the early 1990s.

Christopher Binse as he appeared in police dispatches in the early 1990s.

During his lifelong career as a professional criminal, he has been called many other things.

  • A maverick.
  • A lout.
  • A charismatic romantic.
  • A menace to society.
  • A dangerous and devious individual.
  • An urban terrorist.

Truth be known, Chris Binse was an intelligent crook with a penchant for flair; not a typical dull bottom feeder like some of his criminal brethren.

But, as Mr Watson told the Herald Sun this week: “Most offenders brought into the St Kilda Rd offices of the armed robbery squad were criminals who were either aggressively confrontational or slippery individuals wishing to appease detectives and seek any advantage for themselves.

“Christopher Dean Binse was a combination of both types. He was sometimes alarmingly confrontational if he thought he could bully an investigator.

“On other occasions he could display mute arrogance and would just as quickly portray his role in a comedic sort of way. He played the game of a caged tiger all the while planning his escape from custody.”

Former Armed Robbery Squad boss Ray Watson. Picture: Fiona Hamilton

Former armed robbery squad boss Ray Watson.

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And Binse was a top escape artist.

To date he has managed to break out of a secure hospital wing and several prisons.

He enjoyed playing what he called “just a big game” with the fearsome armed robbery squad.

An inmate who once “bronzed up” (smeared himself in excrement) in a filthy form of jail protest, Binse is infamous for baiting armed robbery detectives with what he called “cheeky” taunts to keep “one step ahead” of his “opposition”.

One day after committing a holdup, he placed an advertisement in a major newspaper stating “Badness Is Back”.

He sent the squad notes signed with “Badness” and Christmas cards showing Father Christmas carrying bags with dollar signs drawn on them.

Binse put personalised “Badness” number plates on his car, he signed off on letters with “Lord Badness” and called a property of his “Badlands”.

The moniker “Badness”, he said, was just “something I have picked up along the way”.

Binse was a crook who once told a court that while he didn’t consider himself anything like Robin Hood, he did like giving small amounts of stolen money to churches, drunks and homeless people.

He said he once splurged stolen money on a four-hour limousine “mini tour” around the city with mates on his birthday — they all ate fine food and drank beer and champagne.

“He enjoyed his notoriety and media coverage he received,” Ray Watson says.

“He enjoyed taunting detectives … He was a sinister individual; a bullyboy who saw himself as a misunderstood outlaw.

“There was a touch of Ned Kelly about Binse, as he saw it.”

But Binse’s mum, Annette, disagreed.

“He is not a violent person,” she said back in 1995.

“Yes, he has committed a number of armed robberies and, yes, he has attempted to escape on a number of occasions … He is very remorseful for the crimes he has committed and feels deeply for the people he has hurt.”

Last month, Supreme Court judge Justice Terry Forrest threw Binse back in the bin for at least 14 years for armed robbery, reckless conduct and major firearms offences.

Justice Forrest said Binse would most likely serve the majority of that sentence in relative isolation in Barwon Prison’s high-security Acacia Unit, for his own safety and that of other inmates.

Supreme Court judge Justice Terry Forrest

Supreme Court judge Justice Terry Forrest 

Sadly, Binse was probably thankful.

Even back in 1990 his mother had said of him: “It (living the life of a free man) is mentally too overwhelming for him and too confusing. He is used to the routine in Pentridge.”

As Justice Forrest told him: “You have spent 28 of the last 32 years in some form of custody … I consider that you are thoroughly institutionalised and suffering from a range of psychological consequences that impact on your capacity to deal with unrestricted prison life, or for that matter the outside world.”

AS a young teen Binse’s father taught him to steal and by age 18 he was doing time in Pentridge’s notorious H Division as a management unit prisoner.

At age 23, while on remand for armed robbery, Binse was stabbed in jail and taken to the secure wing at St Vincent’s Hospital.

‘Badness’: Downfall of a modern day outlaw

Sydney, February 10, 2005. Christopher Binse in 2005 after his release from maximum security at Goulburn Jail in NSW. He was pushing for better rehabilitation for prisoners at the time.

While recovering after emergency surgery, he got hold of a smuggled handgun and threatened two prison officers.

Wearing a green hospital dressing gown and thongs, he placed the handgun to one of the guard’s heads and said: “I don’t want to be here any more.”

He then stole a car and fled to New South Wales, where he committed two stick-ups.

Within a week NSW major crime squad detectives arrested him and he was remanded in custody at Parramatta Jail.

Surveillance tape shows Binse during the armed hold-up of the Chatswood's Commonwealth Ba

Surveillance tape shows Binse during the armed hold-up of the Chatswood’s Commonwealth Bank in Sydney. 

Just over a month later, he cut through a metal grill in his cell block and, using tied bedsheets, lowered himself to the roof of an adjoining complex.

From there he used a piece of rope to swing over a barbed wire fence and then jumped into the back of an awaiting utility truck, which sped away.

Three months after his escape, Victorian detectives tracked him to a safe house at Glenlyon, near Daylesford, where he was hiding out with a woman and another notorious crime figure — a gunman and robber named Edward “Jockey” Smith.

Binse takes a security guard hostage during in the 1992 holdup of the Warringah Mall's Co

Binse takes a security guard hostage during in the 1992 holdup of the Warringah Mall’s Commonwealth Bank. 

Edward ‘Jockey’ Smith in his earlier days after being arrested for armed robbery.

Edward ‘Jockey’ Smith in his earlier days after being arrested for armed robbery. 

Victorian police were unaware of Smith’s identity, even up until the point when a road patrol officer, Sen-Constable Ian Harris, pulled him over for driving a stolen panel van from the Glenlyon property.

Binse had reportedly given Smith that vehicle.

Smith, who was on the run from NSW police at the time, fired several shots at the officer and was about to execute him when a hero motorist intervened by driving into the fray.

That gave Sen-Constable Harris an opportunity to draw on Smith, 51, and shoot him dead.

Members of the Special Operations Group, meanwhile, moved in and arrested Binse and the woman back at the Glenlyon property.

Binse was injured during that arrest and, after attempting a hunger strike in jail, was sentenced for the armed robberies committed in Victoria before his escape from St Vincent’s.

Those holdups — committed at banks in Glen Waverley, Noble Park and Doncaster between January and November 1991 — netted him $278,661.

A court was told Binse, armed with a sawn-off shotgun and wearing a Drizabone coat, told staff “thanks very much” and “have a nice day”.

In February 1993, he was sentenced to seven years and six months’ jail with a five-year minimum term.

Justice Forrest again: “The learned sentencing judge noted that by then you had accumulated 96 previous convictions over 27 court appearances. You were then just 24 years old.”

Sam Newman interviews Badness 0:26

Sam Newman interviews Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse, the man at the centre of the Keilor East siege, for the Ch.9 Footy Show

In May 1993 Binse pleaded guilty over the hospital escape and was sentenced to a further eight months’ jail.

In November that year, Pentridge authorities thwarted a bold escape plan involving Binse and many others.

Less than two years later, in June 1995, he and a convicted double murderer managed to cut their way out of their high-security cells at Barwon Prison, only to be found two hours later hiding under building materials within the jail confines.

For that attempt he was forced — between June and September 1995 — to wear leg irons, handcuffs and a body belt while out of his cell.

The following year it was NSW’s turn to deal with him, as he was extradited there to face outstanding armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

He’d terrorised staff and customers and, during one of the hold ups, held a gun to a security guard’s back.

In court, he claimed he was unaware of the personal trauma he’d caused.

“I didn’t think I had put them through that,” he said.

“I have had guns put to my head…it really had no impact on me. These people weren’t as strong as me. I feel sorry for them.”

He said he intended to change his ways after serving his impending sentence.

“I want to do something productive. I have had enough of it, Your Honour. I have tried that lifestyle. It’s no good.

“There’s more to life than jail, Your Honour.”

He was not released until February 2005.

By then he was 37, and had served 13 years straight in various prisons.

Binse became a voice for prison reform – but was quickly sucked back into the game despite promising to holster his guns.

He was arrested in January 2006 after walking into Melbourne’s Spearmint Rhino strip club armed with a .32 handgun.

Searching for a man he believed was connected to the venue, he threatened staff and left a bullet as a message for the man he was looking for.

Binse sits between two Armed Offenders Squad detectives and greets the media after his ar

Binse sits between two armed offenders squad detectives and greets the media after his arrest over the Spearmint Rhino visit. 

After pleading guilty to a raft of offences he was sentenced to four years’ jail with a minimum of two.

While in jail, he was assaulted.

He believed a certain fellow prisoner — a perceived enemy — had ordered the attack.

After being released on parole, the SOG arrested Binse in possession of a loaded pen pistol, a Taser gun and cocaine.

He was sentenced to further time inside, and walked out on September 28, 2011.

Binse was still paranoid about his perceived enemy, who had also been released from prison by that stage.

In October that year a number of men assaulted Binse and he was hospitalised with head injuries.

A month later a friend of his — former Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell — was shot and seriously wounded.

Toby Mitchell looking fit and healthy after recovering from the gun attack. Picture: Mark

Toby Mitchell looking fit and healthy after recovering from the gun attack.

That attack on Mitchell forced Binse to go “to ground”, sleeping in his car and “staying on the move” while running surveillance on his perceived enemy — who, he was informed, wanted to kill him.

It was in this context, according to Justice Forrest, that Binse started using the drug ice.

Armed and dangerous he unsuccessfully scouted for his perceived enemy.

In March 2012, Binse went back to old business.

“On March 19, at about 10.15am, you drove to the Laverton Market,” Justice Forrest recounted.

“You entered via a rear gate and prepared to commit an armed robbery at the nearby Westside Hotel.

“You unloaded an off-road motorcycle from your white van and strapped a sawn-off single-barrel pump-action shotgun to the side of that motorcycle.

‘Badness’ Binse’s armed robbery caught on camera 0:49

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Video footage of Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse staging an armed robbery of two Armaguard employees in March 2012.

“You had previously cut a hole in a cyclone wire fence at the western perimeter of the hotel grounds to gain access to a small walkway that runs between the hotel and an adjacent factory.

“You had previously drilled 14 small holes in the high wooden paling fence that separated the factory from the hotel car park. You had already positioned a ladder against the fence and a deck chair nearby.”

Binse arrived at his hiding spot at 10.37am and lay in wait.

An Armaguard van arrived in the hotel carpark not long after.

Two guards collected $235,000 from the hotel and Binse — wearing workers’ gear, a hood, dust mask and sunglasses — popped his head up over the fence, his shotgun raised.

Binse ordered the guards to the ground, ran to them and stole their firearms and the full money bag.

He dumped his motorcycle and shotgun in a nearby dam.

Police quickly nominated Binse as a suspect and ran surveillance on him.

During this time he regularly visited a storage facility in Albion.

On May 20, 2012, four police officers approached Binse at a La Porchetta restaurant.

Binse pulled a revolver he’d taken from one of the Armaguard men.

After stealing a police radio he rode a motorcycle back to his Keilor East home and bunkered down.

Surrounded by a posse of police, including the SOG, Binse began a siege that caused residents to be evacuated.

At different times he fired a number of shots, some hitting a SOG vehicle with members inside and other rounds penetrating fences.

Badness shoots at cops 1:24

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Dramatic footage of ‘Badness’ Christopher Binse firing his revolver out of a window during a two-day siege has been released following a legal challenge

A close friend tried to talk Binse out.

“He’s of the belief that if he comes out it’s going to be all over,” the woman told the Herald Sun.

“I think he’s done his dash now. They’ll shoot him.”

And that’s exactly what police did.

After firing teargas into the house to force Binse outside, they took a bead on him and opened fire — and dropped him with bean bag rounds.

Police from other specialist sections were also on hand.

Police from other specialist sections were also on hand. 

Special Operations Group police were armed and ready during the siege in Sterling Drive,

Special Operations Group police were armed and ready during the siege in Sterling Drive, Keilor East. 

Detectives, too, attended the siege. Picture: Trevor Pinder

Detectives, too, attended the siege.

Police playing the waiting game and using non-lethal force was a new tactic compared with what Binse had been used to in days gone by.

“I consider the SOG members acted with moderation and restraint,” Justice Forrest stated.

After Binse was taken into custody, Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana conceded police had experienced “a lot of anxious moments” during the 44-hour siege.

“Some of the discussion was whether he’d kill himself, blow the place up or come out and try and kill us in the process of trying to escape,” he said.

A tired-looking Binse in police custody after the marathon siege.

A tired-looking Binse in police custody after the marathon siege.

Police checked the Albion storage facility Binse was using and found an arsenal — a .357 calibre revolver, a loaded cut-down .22 calibre rifle with a silencer attached and modified to fire in full automatic mode, a loaded and cut-down 12-gauge bolt-action shotgun and a .45 calibre sub-machinegun.

There was a stockpile of ammunition.

The revolver police recovered.

The revolver police recovered.

 

The Thompson sub-machinegun police recovered.

The Thompson sub-machine gun police recovered.

 

Some of the recovered ammunition.

Some of the recovered ammunition.

 

A recovered hand grenade.

A recovered hand grenade.

 

More recovered ammunition found at Binse’s hidden arsenal.

More recovered ammunition found at Binse’s hidden arsenal.

More recovered ammunition found at Binse’s hidden arsenal.

In sentencing 45-year-old Binse to a whopping 18 years’ jail with the 14-year minimum for the Laverton armed robbery and Keilor East siege, Justice Forrest said Binse’s fears for his safety did not excuse his “anti-social conduct”.

“You accumulated an arsenal at the storage facility,” the judge said.

“For a prohibited person to possess one firearm is serious enough. For a prohibited person to possess a loaded pistol, a loaded cut-down rifle, a loaded cut-down pump-action shotgun and a Thompson sub-machinegun makes this rolled-up charge a grave example of its kind.”

 

The recovered cut-down .22 rifle.

The recovered cut-down .22 rifle.

 

The recovered cut-down bolt-action shotgun.

The recovered cut-down bolt-action shotgun.

The recovered cut-down bolt-action shotgun. 

The armed robbery was said to have been “planned and executed with precision”.

Justice Forrest said it was his duty to jail Binse for a long time.

“I consider that a purpose of this sentencing exercise is to protect the wider community from you Mr Binse.”

Former Binse adversary Ray Watson backed the lengthy sentence.

“Binse is an evil recidivist criminal who would stop at nothing to commit his crimes,” Mr Watson told the Herald Sun.

“His current period of incarceration is about right — and you can bet your last dollar he will be back at it again on the day he is released.”

The jury is still out on that one — for at least the next 14 years.

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A more animated Binse in police custody.

Binse in custody. Source: Supplied

 

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