Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over by police for allegedly speeding at 149 km/h down the Eastern Freeway in Kew, Melbourne, in April
A Porsche driver accused of taunting a policewoman as she lay dying on the side of the road after a crash has become a silent ‘cell dweller’ while awaiting his trial.
Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over by police for allegedly speeding at 149km/h down the Eastern Freeway in Kew, Melbourne, in April.
A truck veered into the emergency lane and hit four officers while they were testing the mortgage broker for drugs and impounding his car.
Pusey avoided being struck but is accused of recording the scene instead of helping dying Senior Constable Lynette Taylor as she pleaded for help.
Pusey faces 12 charges including driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, destruction of evidence, perverting the course of justice, failing to remain at the scene after a drug test and failing to render assistance.
Prison sources told The Herald Sun the 41-year-old was initially hard to manage when he entered protective custody at Melbourne Assessment Prison.
He reportedly called prison workers and police ‘dogs’ and created a ‘dossier’ on his treatment while locked up, detailing why he should be released.
A truck veered into the emergency lane and hit four officers while they were testing the mortgage broker for drugs and impounding his car
But after being denied bail last month, insiders said Pusey transformed into a ’cell-dweller’ who steers clear of conflict.
‘He knows the more he plays up the harder his jail time will be,’ a prison source told the publication.
The mortgage broker now avoids speaking to fellow inmates and barely leaves his cell.
‘He does not mix or talk to anyone,’ the prison source said.
The Melbourne businessman holds a property portfolio worth more than $12million, which includes a West Melbourne terrace worth $1.35million, a $1.32million Doncaster East residence, and a $1.27million house in the coastal suburb of Bonbeach, according to The Australian.
Another property listed under his and wife Ahn Truong’s name is a $3.4million warehouse in Fitzroy that had been spraypainted with the word ‘die’ in the days after Pusey fled the scene of the crash.
Police allege Mr Pusey was driving his $150,000 Porsche at 149km/h with MDMA and cannabis in his system on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway on April 22 when he was stopped by officers.
A refrigeration truck ploughed into the group of police standing at the roadside, killing four officers, before Pusey allegedly took pictures and video of the grisly scene and fled on foot.
Pictured left to right: Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Josh Prestney were killed in the tragedy
Pusey was charged with 12 offences including reckless conduct endangering life, failing to render assistance, destroying evidence and committing offences while on bail
The driver of the truck, Mohinder Singh, was charged with four counts of culpable driving, he reportedly remained at the scene wailing as emergency services arrived.
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court previously heard the mortgage broker used to work as a registered nurse, and was more than capable of administering first aid.
Pusey’s barrister Vincent Peters claimed his client didn’t help Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor as she lay lay under the truck because he was in shock and a doctor was on the scene.
He filmed the scene for more than three minutes and can be heard on the video berating the officer about the damage to his car on the video before he fled the scene, police allege.
Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney were also killed in the tragedy.
Magistrate Jo Metcalf labelled Pusey’s alleged filming of the graphic crash scene as ‘highly intrusive and morally repugnant’ but noted it was not illegal.
‘My view is that Mr Pusey poses an unacceptable risk of committing offences on bail and endangering the safety and welfare of members of the public,’ the magistrate said.
The property listed under his and wife Ahn Truong’s name in Fitzroy that had been spraypainted with the word ‘die’ in the days after Mr Pusey fled the scene of the crash
A property in Champion Street Doncaster East in Melbourne is among Mr Pusey’s property portfolio
It came after the court was told Pusey took ‘disturbing pleasure’ inflicting discomfort on others, displayed ‘violent tendencies’ towards the public and police, and had ‘absolutely no regard for the safety of other road users’.
He allegedly boasted about speeding at 300km/h along the Eastern Freeway a month before the fatal crash.
Pusey was also previously accused of sending threatening emails to a Westpac employee, threatening to set himself on fire at a debt collection agency and drive down Bourke St, in an apparent reference to James Gargasoulas’ rampage.
He likely had ADHD and an antisocial narcissistic personality disorder, and had been prescribed Ritalin and an antipsychotic, according to a psychological report detailed to the court.
Pusey struggled with narcissistic rage, a daily fear of being arrested and at times fantasised about killing people, the same report said.
Pusey is due to reappear for a committal mention on July 16.
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