A Porche driver who filmed 4 police officers as they lay dying after a horrific crash has been jailed.
Here's the full story...
TW: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.
The incident happened on April 22nd, 2020.
Richard Pusey, forty-one, had been pulled over by police for speeding in Melbourne, Australia.
He had been caught driving at 149kmph...
And was later found to be under the influence of MDMA and cannabis.
However, when the 4 police officers got out of their vehicles to arrest Pusey, they were tragically hit by an oncoming truck.
All 4 of them were killed in the accident.
They were later identified as Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney.
Pusey, a mortgage broker and property developer, had crossed to the other side of the road where he was urinating against a tree when the lorry struck the police officers.
However, instead of helping the officers, some of whom were still alive, he went on to commit such a horrifying act that he is today known as "the most hated man in Australia.'
It’s scary how someone can be that empty inside to think doing that was ok. I hope he shares his cell with someone similar.— Jimmy Hosty (@HostyJimmy) April 28, 2021
Absolutely shocking and tragic.— To the moon and back (@Tothemo83592350) April 28, 2021
When you think the depths of inhumanity have been reached something else appears to disprove it.— RC (@anglingking) April 28, 2021
Shocking.— Leo (@LeoJame50825164) April 28, 2021
My heart breaks for the families of the Police officers 😡— Trisha (@LushTrisha80) April 28, 2021
Absolutely Revolting .— David (@david_c396) April 28, 2021
So cowardly and evil .
What a sick twisted world we live in 😩— Frankie D (@luna123) April 28, 2021
This is a startling example of the shameful lack of humanity so prevalent in society today. It’s unspeakable cruelty.— Jiminy Cricket (@JiminyC24) April 28, 2021
That turned my stomach. 🤢😡— I’m Paul Allen (@drink_Sprunk) April 28, 2021
As the officers lay dying under the truck, instead of providing assistance or calling for help, Pusey decided to film them.
In footage found on his phone, he zoomed in on the officers' injuries and damaged cars, saying: "That is f***ing justice. Absolutely amazing, that is f***ing amazing."
Filming the truck, he then said:
"Look at that, man, you f***ing c***s. You c***s, I guess I'll be getting a f***ing Uber home, huh."
In the end, he recorded 2 videos at the scene, a total of 3 minutes and 8 seconds.
Prosecutors accepted that he was not taunting the officers...
But they said he had refused requests to help the injured and to stop filming.
He told police the next day that he was ashamed of the videos...
And that he said offensive things because "that's how s**t comes out of my head."
The judge noted Pusey's personality disorders and shock at what he had seen.
Though he did acknowledge that his actions were a long way from what would be considered normal: calling for emergency services and trying to help the dying officers.
On Wednesday, the judge imposed a ten-month jail term, a 2-year good behavior bond, and a fine of $1,000 ($779) for his actions and 3 other charges; speeding, possessing a drug of dependence, and reckless conduct endangering serious injury.
Richard Pusey has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in the eastern freeway aftermath. The 42YO appeared via video link while the families of the four officers sat staunchly in court. @9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/mVgQKnNfC0— Lana Murphy (@LanaMurphy) April 28, 2021
But, having already spent 296 days in custody, his sentence could be complete within days.
Pusey's driving license was also suspended for 2 years.
Our Justice system is a disgrace. Richard Pusey is absolute Scum and should be locked away a lot longer than 10 months 🤦🏻♂️🤬— Willy Aitch (@WillyAitch) April 28, 2021
Sentencing, County Court judge, Trevor Wraight, said Pusey's words and actions had been "not only derogatory and horrible... But also callous and reprehensible," Melbourne newspaper, The Age, reported.
"Your conduct was heartless, cruel, and disgraceful."
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