After notorious Porsche driver Richard Pusey filmed the horrific collision on the Eastern Freeway that killed four police officers, he attempted to use the photos to file a $1.5 million insurance claim , a court heard.
Police allege Pusey, 44, circulated graphic images of the April 2020 crash – some showing the seriously injured officers – online in a Google review of a car dealership and for a complaint with Australia’s Financial Complaints Authority.
The former mortgage broker, who identifies as non-binary, will represent himself throughout the hearing to fight the charges.
Pusey stood in the prison greens in Sunshine Magistrate’s Court Tuesday after pleading not guilty to two counts of abusive use of a ride-hailing service and two counts of violating her bail by alleged repeat offenders.
Pusey was sentenced to 10 months in prison on April 28, 2021 after they were found guilty of outraging public decency by filming the deaths of four police officers. Pusey had been pulled over by police for speeding when a truck pulled into the emergency lane, fatally hitting the four officers.
The court heard that Pusey allegedly posted graphic images of the officers online during two separate complaints related to the damage to her Porsche sustained during the tragic collision on the Eastern Freeway.
In the filing with the AFCA, Pusey said they couldn’t get an insurance payout for the damage to their car because “nobody wants to own the claim.”
“A truck mowed down four road safety heroes… It wrecked a black Porsche, and now those C—s aren’t paying,” they complained to the agency.
The court heard they were seeking $1.5 million in damages for trauma when they saw the police officers violently killed in the crash.
However, senior AFCA executive in charge of the lawsuit, Harry Ganavas, told the court the images accompanying the lawsuit were irrelevant and Pusey’s description of the events left him “full of disgust.”
“I actually felt repelled and physically ill looking at the photos,” he said.
Police Prosecutor Anthony Albore told the court one of the images submitted did not even show the damage done to the Porsche.
The claim “inappropriate and disrespectful” was dismissed.
The court heard that Pusey had also uploaded a one-star Google review of the Porsche Center Melbourne, criticizing the company’s insurance policy and customer service.
An investigating police officer told the court that the 44-year-old had used a vivid photo of one of the bleeding police officers on the roof of the Porsche for his Google profile picture.
The officer said she was “angry and outraged” when she saw the horrific picture of the deadly tragedy.
Albore claimed an Instagram account called “The Richard Pusey Show” included a non-confrontational photo showing the damage to the Porsche, which they could have used in their complaints.
The prosecutor claimed that there was a body of personal information on the Instagram account that proved it was operated by Pusey.
The Porsche driver told the court prosecutors were telling “a story.”
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