Man pleads guilty to filming and mocking dying police officers who were struck by moving lorry after they attempted to arrest him
A man from Melbourne, Australia, Richard Pusey has admitted to taunting dying police officers at a crash scene.
Pusey, 42, has pleaded guilty to filming and mocking police officers as they lay dying at a crash scene.
He also admitted to the rare charge of outraging public decency as well as drug and other offences.
Pusey was in his car on a Melbourne freeway last year when he was pulled over by four officers for speeding.
While the officers were making his arrest, all four officers, pictured below, were struck by a speeding lorry that had veered out of its lane.
Pusey had been standing a few metres away and avoided the crash, but afterwards pulled out his phone and began filming for over three minutes.
He stood over and taunted Senior Constable Taylor as she remained pinned under the lorry a court previously heard. Experts said she was most likely still alive at the time.
“There you go. Amazing, absolutely amazing,” he said, according to vision from the constable’s body-worn camera which was tendered to a court.
“All I wanted was to go home and have some sushi,” he added, before using expletives to blame the officers for ruining his car.
He fled the scene on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway shortly after.
Senior Constables Lynette Taylor, Kevin King, Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney all died at the scene.
The lorry driver, Mohinder Singh Bajwa, has pleaded guilty to four charges of culpable driving causing death and will face another court hearing this week.
Pusey was arrested at his home after the crash. He was initially charged with speeding, drug possession and reckless conduct offences.
However, police discovered Pusey’s video and that he had shared it among friends.
Local media reported that the offence of outraging public decency was rarely prosecuted in Australia.
Pusey is due to face court again on 31 March.
The case continues.