Truck driver involved in Melbourne’s tragic Eastern Freeway crash pleads guilty to causing the deaths of four police officers
- Mohinder Singh on Thursday pleaded guilty to four charges of culpable driving
- Four police officers were killed during a routine traffic stop in Melbourne in April
- The officers were struck by Singh’s semi-trailer while impounding a Porsche
A Melbourne truck driver has admitted he was to blame for a horror crash that killed four Victoria Police officers.
Mohinder Singh, 48, on Thursday pleaded guilty to four charges of culpable driving causing the officers’ deaths during a routine traffic stop on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway in April.
He was ready to admit his guilt in November, but the case hit a procedural snag.
Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were killed when they were struck by Singh’s semi-trailer while impounding a Porsche.
Mohinder Singh, 48, on Thursday pleaded guilty to four charges of culpable driving causing the officers’ deaths during a routine traffic stop on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway in April
Left to right: Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Joshua Prestney all died in the crash
It was the biggest loss of officer lives in a single incident in Victoria Police’s history.
Dressed in prison greens, Singh pleaded guilty before Melbourne Magistrates Court by videolink from the Metropolitan Remand Centre.
‘Mr Singh would like to be clear he’s very sorry for the deaths of the four officers – they are innocent people,’ his barrister Peter Morrissey SC told the court.
‘He pleads guilty now and we will conduct the proceedings very respectfully in the Supreme Court.
‘We would like to note the professionalism in which (Victoria Police) conducted the investigation, in very emotional and trying circumstances.’
Prosecutors previously had withdrawn 27 charges.
Pictured: Truck driver Mohinder Singh
Singh on Thursday also pleaded guilty to six other charges, including trafficking of methamphetamine and cannabis, and dealing with proceeds of crime.
Singh was hospitalised after the crash and has been in police custody since. Previous court hearings have been told he has anxiety and depression.
Prosecutors sought, and defence agreed, to have Singh sentenced in Victoria’s Supreme Court, rather than the County Court as would usually occur.
The move is unusual, but not unheard of in complex or high-profile cases.
It has been done in other cases involving multiple culpable driving charges, including for the trial of Thomas Towle over the deaths of six teens near Mildura in 2006.
After his first court appearance in the days after the crash, lawyer Steven Pica said Singh was ‘distressed and saddened’ at his actions.
Richard Pusey, the driver of a Porsche who allegedly fled the scene of the truck crash, is taken away from his Fitzroy property by police on April 23
Singh will next face a post committal directions hearing at the Victorian Supreme Court on December 11.
No application for bail has been made.
The officers were all killed on April 22 after they had pulled over Porsche-driving mortgage broker Richard Pusey.
Pusey himself is facing more than a dozen charges after allegedly filming the crash site and verbally abusing a senior constable as she lay dying.
Pusey avoided being struck in the crash as he had been urinating off to the side of the road.
He allegedly fled the scene and was arrested a day after the crash on April 23.