Millionaire businessman Richard Pusey has been released back into the community months after he was accused of filming a dying police officer.
Pusey was granted bail in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday amid concerns it could take years for him to be brought to trial.
Pusey will be released from the Melbourne Remand Centre where he has been caged for up to 23 hours a day on remand since April 23.
It was the day after a truck crashed into four police officers after they had pulled him over for allegedly driving at 149km/h in his Porsche 911 with cannabis and ice in his system.
Richard Pusey was arrested on April 23, one day after the fatal crash which killed four police officers
Senior Constable Kevin King (pictured, far left), Constable Glen Humphris (second from left), Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor (second from right) and and Constable Josh Prestney (far right) all died in the crash
Pusey is expected to return to his multi-million dollar Fitzroy home – just outside of Melbourne’s CBD – where he will await trial.
Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and and Constable Josh Prestney all died in the crash.
Pusey, 42, appeared in court on Friday via videolink from prison where he has began to resemble a masked Mr Spock – from the sci-fi series Star Trek.
The court heard Pusey had spent hard time in jail due mostly to ‘onerous conditions’ stemming from the COVID-19 crisis.
Top Melbourne barrister Dermot Dann, QC, who appeared for Pusey, had argued the delay in bringing Pusey to trial would likely be longer than any jail sentence he might get if found guilty of the most serious charges.
Pusey faces a wait of anywhere up to three years to go to trial due to the extensive court delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctors had wanted Pusey to be released on bail into a mental health facility, but no-one would have him.
Under strict bail conditions, Pusey must adhere to a nightly curfew, stop driving a car and not use social media or any other ‘electronic communications’ to publish anything about the case.
He must also report to police three times a week so they can keep tabs on him.
Pusey’s application for bail had been strongly opposed by police.
Homicide Squad detective Senior-Constable Aaron Price claimed Pusey was a risk to the community and would likely interfere with witnesses.
‘He has absolute disregard for the emotion of other people, He is a manipulative and controlling man,’ Senior-Constable Price added. ‘He enjoys driving fast in flashy cars.’
The detective further suggested police had little faith in Pusey’s wife of 12 years dobbing him in should he breach his bail conditions in the wild.
The court heard allegations she had not been honest with police when her husband was initially charged.
The crumpled police car struck by the killer truck is taken away in April
Richard Pusey’s wife gives reporters the finger after her husband’s arrest in April
On Wednesday, more shocking allegations of that tragic event were revealed to the court.
Court documents state dashcam footage had been captured from a doctor who stopped to assist a dying Leading Senior Constable Taylor.
The court had previously heard a body camera worn by the officer had captured Pusey allegedly taunting her in the moments after she was pinned between the truck and a wrecked car.
‘Amazing. Absolutely amazing. All I wanted to do was go home and eat my sushi and now you have f**ked my f**king car,’ Pusey was allegedly heard to say.
In a ruling handed down on Wednesday by Magistrate Donna Bakos, it was stated police alleged officer Taylor was still alive and groaning audibly.
Pusey would later tell his wife that he had observed the officer ‘bleeding … on the top of the roof of his car’ and that she was ‘suffering’, Ms Bakos stated.
Dr Andrew Tsoi told police Pusey was still filming as he and bystanders were trying to treat the officers and he was forced to ask someone to tell him to stop filming and grab his phone.
That person later told police that Pusey ‘was in the way of the doctors treating the victims and he pushed the accused out of the way’.
‘(Another witness) asked the accused to help protect one of the victims by holding up a blanket, but the accused shrugged him off,’ Ms Bakos stated.
Yet another witness claimed to have seen Pusey recording on his phone ‘within a foot of one of the victims’ and then filming each of the others.
Ms Bakos ruled on Wednesday that Pusey must go to trial over a charge of outraging public decency.
Pusey had avoided the crash that killed the officers after he jumped the fence to urinate.
The mortgage broker (pictured in a court sketch) avoided being struck because he’d been urinating off to the side of the road
Pusey had a minor win in court on Wednesday with several charges discharged by a Melbourne magistrate. He has now been released back into the community
Pictured: Emergency services trying to remove a Porsche from the scene the day after a fatal crash on Eastern Highway in Kew
Pusey had originally faced 16 charges – four of which were discharged by Ms Bakos after she ruled a jury could not find him guilty of them.
The charges included failing to render assistance after a crash, destroying evidence and two charges of perverting the course of justice.
But Pusey failed in his efforts to have charges of recklessly conduct threatening serious injury, reckless conduct endangering life and drug possession withdrawn.
One of those charges relates to another incident where Pusey was allegedly caught speeding at 300kmh in a 100kmh zone.
Pusey also failed in overturning the ancient charge of outraging public decency, which Pusey’s defence had claimed had not been used for hundreds of years.
On Wednesday, Pusey pleaded not guilty to each of those charges, which will now head to jury trials at the County Court of Victoria.
Eight other lesser charges will be transferred to that court when it eventually goes to trial.
The three male officers were already dead when Pusey allegedly began filming.
So gruesome is the video that Ms Bakos refused to even allow a description of it.
The driver of the truck, Mohinder Singh, was charged with four counts of culpable driving and an array of other drug charges.
Police allege that Singh, who also remains behind bars, was affected by illicit drugs and fatigue when he got behind the wheel of the truck on April 22.
The manager of the trucking company, Simiona Tuteru, has also been charged with four counts of manslaughter.
A repatriation ceremony for Constable Glen Humphris took place at Hovell Tree Park in Albury in May
Mohinder Singh was charged with four counts of culpable driving and an array of other drug charges over the horrific crash
The truck allegedly driven by Mohinder Singh when it crashed and killed four police officers