After witnessing a fatal freeway crash in which four police officers died last year, Richard Pusey was placed in custody and went untreated for post-traumatic stress disorder, his lawyer has told a court.
Mr Pusey, who had been pulled over for allegedly speeding when a semi-trailer hit four police officers on the Eastern Freeway in April last year, is on remand after being charged with assaulting police and stalking.
Richard Pusey leaves jail in August. Credit:Joe Armao
The 42-year-old has been accused of leaving cat litter, faeces and food around a property in his neighbourhood and stalking someone by using a CCTV camera to watch them.
He was due to apply for bail on Tuesday, however his lawyer, Philip Dunn, QC, requested the matter be adjourned.
Mr Dunn told the court he needed more time to prepare a bail application as he was still awaiting the brief of evidence, and he had only been able to have one conversation with Mr Pusey.
He said a bail application would likely propose that Mr Pusey be barred from returning to the premises he has been living in, and continue treatment.
“He was a bystander, literally a bystander, through no fault of his own … in April last year when a number of people were killed in front of his eyes,” Mr Dunn said.
He said Mr Pusey was placed in custody after the crash and was untreated for PTSD after he “witnessed carnage”.
“This man needs help and needs structures put in place around him to help with the traumatic events that have happened … in the very recent past,” he said.
Leading Senior Constable Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were all hit and killed by a truck driven by Mohinder Singh.
Mr Pusey pleaded guilty to outraging public decency charge relating to him using his mobile phone to film Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor when she was critically injured.
In the video Mr Pusey filmed, he was heard to say: “There you go, amazing, absolutely amazing. All I wanted to do was go home and have some sushi and now you f—ed my f—ing car”.
Mr Pusey was released from Ravenhall Correctional Centre on August 25 after serving time for outraging public decency and other offences relating to the crash on the Eastern Freeway on April 22 last year.
Police were then called to his address following reports of a noise complaint about 4.15am on September 15. He later attended a police station and was charged by Yarra crime investigation unit detectives.
Court documents show Mr Pusey is accused of stalking between May last year and September this year.
The documents allege the stalking involved “discarding objects including cat litter, faeces and other food items in and around the victim’s property, keeping the victim under surveillance using a CCTV camera with the intention of causing physical or mental harm to the victim, including self-harm, or of arousing apprehension or fear in the victim for his or her own safety or the safety of another person”.
Mr Pusey is also charged with four counts of assaulting an emergency worker – a police officer – on Wednesday.
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