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Porsche driver Richard Pusey granted bail under ‘strict and rigorous’ conditions

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In granting bail on Friday, magistrate Donna Bakos said those risks could be mitigated by applying strict conditions.

She said Mr Pusey had a stable address and the support of his wife and parents.

He had tried unsuccessfully to secure a placement in four residential treatment clinics, showing that he was “genuinely desirous” to address his mental health issues, she said.

There would most likely be a “very lengthy” delay in the progression of Mr Pusey’s case due to the pandemic, and the conditions in prison – including lockdowns and no face-to-face visits – were “onerous” and important to take into account, Ms Bakos said.

“In balancing the risks alleged with all of these matters, I’m of the view the imposition of strict and rigorous bail conditions can mitigate the risks so they are not unacceptable,” she said.

“The application for bail is therefore granted.”

Richard Pusey.

Richard Pusey.Credit:

Mr Pusey will now return to live at home with his wife of 12 years, who has assured the court she will alert police if her husband does not comply with his bail conditions.

He has to report to a police station three times a week, surrender his passport and abide by a 9pm to 7am curfew, during which time he has to present at his front door at the request of any police officers.

He is also prohibited from driving a car, contacting prosecution witnesses and using electronic communication or social media to publish anything about the circumstances leading to his charges.

Detective Senior Constable Aaron Price told the court on Wednesday that he believed Mr Pusey was an unacceptable risk of endangering the safety and welfare of the public due to his driving behaviour.

Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Josh Prestney, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Glen Humphris were killed in the Eastern Freeway collision.

Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Josh Prestney, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Glen Humphris were killed in the Eastern Freeway collision.

“My concerns are that the accused does have the tendency to enjoy driving fast in what I describe as flashy cars,” he said.

He also held concerns that Mr Pusey “picks and chooses” which laws he wishes to follow, and could try to contact or intimidate prosecution witnesses.

“He is a manipulative, controlling man and when he clashes with people or doesn’t agree with [them], he resorts to all sorts of tactics, mainly harassment, verbal abuse and intimidation,” he said.

But Ms Bakos on Friday said that this contention was “at best speculative” as there was no evidence Mr Pusey has interfered with witnesses in his past cases or the current one.

She also said she was concerned that Mr Pusey had not been able to watch some of the footage relating to his case while in jail, which meant he was unable to provide full instructions to his legal representatives.

Mr Pusey, wearing a green jumper and face mask, appeared via video link and sat quietly as the magistrate read out her decision to release him from prison.

The mortgage broker had been pulled over on the Eastern Freeway at Kew on April 22 for allegedly speeding, when a truck veered into the emergency lane, killing four Victoria Police officers.

Mr Pusey allegedly did not render assistance to those injured.

The scene of the Eastern Freeway crash on April 22.

The scene of the Eastern Freeway crash on April 22.Credit:Nine News

Instead, investigators allege Mr Pusey used his phone to film one of the dying police officers, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, and said: “There you go. Amazing, absolutely amazing. All I wanted to do was go home and have my sushi.”

He is also alleged to have said: “Now you f—ed my f—ing car.”

Mr Pusey is set to face a trial in the County Court on one charge of drug possession, plus reckless conduct endangering serious injury and reckless conduct endangering death, which relate to alleged speeding.

He will also face trial for the rare offence of outraging public decency. Mr Pusey has pleaded not guilty.

Ms Bakos on Wednesday ruled there was not enough evidence to support a conviction in relation to the charges of failing to render assistance after an accident as Mr Pusey was not technically a driver at the time of the crash.

She also threw out the charges of destruction of evidence and two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Leading Senior Constable Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney died in the Eastern Freeway crash.

The truck driver, Mohinder Singh, 47, was initially charged with four counts of culpable driving causing death in the days after the crash.

He was charged with 33 additional offences in August, including allegedly supplying drugs to a child.

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