Gregory Eric White, 45, has lost his appeal against 9 armed robbery convictions for which he was sentenced to at least 15 1/2 years' jail, with a maximun 19 1/2 year jail term.

White robbed five banks, three TAB outlets and a petrol station between August 1997 and December 1999, getting away with $70,000 at the time. White's defence was that banks were evil and to achieve salvation God wanted him to rob them.

Victoria's Court of Appeal unanimously turned down White's appeal in all 9 cases. They did however aquit him of a conspiracy to rob charge. The court also reduced his sentence to minimum of 13 years with a maximum of 17 1/2 years.