The brother of a slain policeman has choked back tears while slamming Richard Pusey – the Porsche driver who filmed four officers as they lay dying after a horrific crash.
Pusey had been pulled over for speeding at 149km/h in his Porsche on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne when a truck driver crashed into the emergency lane on April 22 last year.
Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney died in the crash.
Instead of helping, Pusey retrieved his phone and slowly walked around and filmed the scene, zooming in on the dead and dying officers and their injuries.
‘That is f***ing justice, absolutely amazing,’ Pusey said, focusing on a damaged unmarked police car.
Constable Prestney’s brave younger brother Alex said he doesn’t have ‘any feelings’ toward Pusey, and wants to focus on mourning the 28-year-old during a live TV interview.
Constable Josh Prestney’s (centre left) heartbroken younger brother Alex (centre right) said he doesn’t have ‘any feelings’ toward Pusey, and wants to focus on mourning the 28-year-old. Pictured with their parents Andrew and Belinda
Mr Prestney – who is also a police officer – said he feels ‘pretty realistic’ about the prospect of Pusey walking free next week
‘He is not worth the time. It’s like having a bully around at school, if you don’t look at him or give him any air time, then he won’t do anything or hurt you or affect you in any way,’ he told host Karl Stefanovic on the Today Show on Thursday.
Mr Prestney – who is also a police officer – said he feels ‘pretty realistic’ about the prospect of Pusey walking free next week, after he was jailed on Wednesday for 10 months.
His sentence includes the 296 days he’s already spent in custody, which means he could be released within days if he’s granted bail on unrelated matters.
‘He’s had his time served, he’s done what he’s done… being realistic about it and being in the police force myself I know that’s what has to be done,’ Mr Prestney said.
‘Once I was told about [the sentence] yesterday, I completely forgot 30 seconds later and got back to playing my guitar.’
Mr Prestney said he isn’t going to dwell on the lenient sentence, and instead will put his energy into learning how to live without his brother.
‘We know it is justice, this sort of thing has to be done… But it is not at the forefront of our minds – the forefront of our minds is how we live without our mate, without Josh.
Alex Prestney (left) said he isn’t going to dwell on the lenient sentence, and instead will put his energy into learning how to live without his brother (right). Pictured with their parents
Instead of helping, Pusey retrieved his phone and slowly walked around and filmed the scene, zooming in on the dead and dying officers and their injuries
Left to right: Senior Constable Kevin King, Constables Glen Humphris, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Josh Prestney died in the crash
Pusey had been pulled over for speeding at 149km/h in his Porsche on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne when a truck driver crashed into the emergency lane on April 22 last year
Mr Prestney said having someone like Pusey back on the streets ‘isn’t ideal’.
‘Life will have its way. He and everyone else who have done with this sort of thing can live with that,’ he said.
Mr Prestney described his late brother as ‘respectful’, hardworking and ‘professional’ in anything he put his mind to.
‘He brought so many traits that we pride ourselves on as a family – treating people how you like to be treated,’ he said.
‘He had the policing world at his feet.’
Stefanovic looked emotiona; as he played a song Mr Prestney wrote and recorded for his beloved brother.
‘Very powerful. Your courage for coming on and talking about your bro this morning is incredibly inspiring but very difficult and we thank you for it,’ Stefanovic told him.
Outside Victoria’s County Court on Wednesday Sen Const Taylor’s widower Stuart Schulze said it ‘tears my heart and soul’ to see and hear references to his wife’s final moments as filmed by Pusey.
‘The pain is almost unbearable,’ he told reporters.
Mr Schulze also said the sentence imposed by Judge Trevor Wraight was too lenient
‘I find it to be outraging public decency that a more appropriate sentence was not imposed by this court,’ the man said.
Judge Wraight labelled Pusey’s conduct at the scene as ‘heartless, cruel and disgraceful’ among other descriptors.
‘A normal human reaction of a person coming upon a scene like this, would likely be to immediately telephone triple zero, or simply to run to the side of the deceased or seriously injured,’ the judge said.
‘What you did, however, was film the scene with a running commentary which, on one view, may be described simply as bizarre behaviour in the circumstances. It can also be described as extremely insensitive and heartless.
‘Your focus was entirely on yourself. You were upset that your car had been destroyed and seemed to take pleasure in seeing the destruction of the police vehicles.’
Pusey has a severe personality disorder, which played into his actions, as did the shock of narrowly avoiding death himself.
He admitted outraging public decency on the basis of his comments in filming the scene. He later told police he was ashamed.
Pusey has a severe personality disorder, which played into his actions, as did the shock of narrowly avoiding death himself
Mother of Josh Prestney, Belinda Prestney (centre) is seen outside the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne dor Pusey’s sentencing
Pusey also admitted speeding offences and possessing MDMA, which he tested positive to, alongside cannabis, when pulled over before the crash
‘That’s how s*** comes out of my head, I’m highly offensive,’ Pusey said during his police interview.
Prosecutors accepted Pusey was talking to himself in the videos and did not taunt the officers.
‘Oh he’s smashed. Look at that. Look at that. Lucky I went and had a piss,’ he said while zooming in on Const Humphris wedged between the truck and Porsche.
Pusey also admitted speeding offences and possessing MDMA, which he tested positive to, alongside cannabis, when pulled over before the crash.
On top of his jail sentence, he was handed an adjourned undertaking and a $1000 fine. His licence was also cancelled for two years.
After the sentence, Police Association of Victoria boss Wayne Gatt described Pusey as a ‘worthless individual that lacks any human traits’.
‘Each and every one of us will face our mortality one day. And when his day comes, I hope that he faces the same coldness and the same callousness with which he provided my members,’ Mr Gatt said.
The Office of Public Prosecutions said its standard practice was to review all sentences and Pusey’s would be looked at in due course.
Singh was earlier this month jailed for a maximum of 22 years for causing the deaths of the four officers.