Surprise plea from Porsche driver Richard Pusey with several charges dropped
A Porsche driver accused of filming and taunting a dying police officer on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway has pleaded not guilty to four indictable charges.
Richard Pusey has now been committed to stand trial at the Country Court.
The 42-year-old was pulled over for allegedly speeding when a truck swerved into the emergency lane, resulting in the death of four police officers on April 22.
Today, Mr Pusey pleaded not guilty to reckless conduct endangering serious injury, drug possession, reckless conduct endangering life and outraging public decency, after a magistrate decided there was enough evidence to support a conviction.
On the night of the incident Mr Pusey allegedly filmed the police officers who were killed, zooming in on their faces and commentating in the background.
His lawyers claim he was in a “distressed and shocked state” after his own near-death experience.
Four charges against Mr Pusey including failing to render assistance, destruction of evidence and two counts of pervert the course of justice were also dropped in court this morning.
Prosecutors are hoping for the summary charges against Mr Pusey, including dangerous driving, refusing breath test, two counts of commit indictable offence on bail, drug driving, offensive behaviour and possession of anti-speed measuring device to also be taken to the higher court.
Police believe he is an “unacceptable risk” to the public.
A homicide detective described Mr Pusey as a "manipulative and controlling man".
"He uses harassment. He's threatened to kill people relating to two unpaid water bills. When challenged or displeased by people he resorts to violence."
According to Mr Pusey’s lawyers, he is unlikely to get a trial date until “late 2022” due to delays caused by COVID-19.
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