Australian jailed for filming dying police officers

Australian jailed for filming dying officers
Melbourne man Richard Pusey has admitted to taunting dying police officers. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: An Australian man has received a 10-month jail sentence for mocking and filming police officers as they lay dying at a crash scene.

Richard Pusey pleaded guilty last month to the rare charge of outraging public decency, as well as other offences.

The Australian has already been in custody for nearly 300 days, so he will likely complete his sentence within days.

The sentencing judge called the 42-year-old’s actions “heartless, cruel and disgraceful”.

Still, families of the victims were disappointed with the length of the sentence given to Mr Pusey in a case that has stirred huge public anger.

Judge Trevor Wraight said last month that the media had demonised Pusey to the point where he was “probably the most hated man in Australia”.

Last year, the mortgage broker had been speeding in his car on a Melbourne freeway, when he was pulled over by four officers.

While the officers were making his arrest, all four were struck by a lorry that had veered out of its lane.

Senior Constables Kevin King and Lynette Taylor, and Constables Josh Prestney and Glen Humphris died at the scene.

Pusey had been standing a few metres away and avoided the fatal crash, but afterwards pulled out his phone and began filming numerous videos, some of the videos ran for more than three minutes.

The court had heard that Pusey stood over and taunted Senior Constable Taylor as she remained pinned under the lorry. She was most likely still alive at the time, expert said.

He said: “There you go. Amazing, absolutely amazing,” 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 police officers for ruining his Porsche sports car.

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