A man who believed he was Hitler’s grandson has been jailed for 20 years for killing two men and seriously injuring a third during a Victorian neighbourhood brawl.
Aaron Jamie Ball, 34, fatally stabbed his neighbour, 38-year-old father of four Raymond McCombe, and another man, 25-year-old Toby Lynch, during a neighbourhood brawl at his west Victorian home in 2011.
Ball also stabbed a third man, causing him serious injury.
Ball and his family were known in their town of Casterton as the “loonies” and they often exchanged yelling and abuse with their neighbours, the Victorian Supreme Court heard.
On the night of the attack, Ball pulled a knife and stabbed Mr McCombe 34 times, in front of his daughter, then knifed him in the genitals while he lay on the floor.
He also knifed the two other men.
All three of his victims were unarmed.
Ball was on Wednesday jailed for 20 years with a minimum 17 years.
He had pleaded guilty to two counts of defensive homicide and one of recklessly causing serious injury.
Justice Elizabeth Curtain said Ball was mentally disturbed and most likely had a delusional or paranoid disorder.
He held bizarre ideas that he was a clone or grandson of Hitler, was able to read minds and had been subject to experimental medical procedures, she said.
Justice Curtain said Ball acted out of the belief it was necessary to defend himself but his judgment was impaired by his illness.
No sentence could take away the grief and suffering by his victims’ families, she said.
She noted Ball came from a dysfunctional family, had an unstable childhood, a total lack of a father figure and a strong belief of persecution.
He is under psychiatric care in jail.