“He is a man who, in a range of settings, deliberately seeks to interfere with the sense of safety of those who encounter him,” Ms Bate said.
She imposed a four-month sentence – already served – and ordered an extra two months hang over him for the next two years while he agrees to be of good behaviour and undergoes mental health treatment.
Pusey, who was also fined $3300 for some offences and ordered to repay two victims, watched the sentence on a video link from prison and did not react other than to confirm he could hear and agree to the good behaviour order.
Pusey’s lawyer on Monday argued the former mortgage broker shouldn’t serve any more prison after he pleaded guilty to 11 charges including unlawful assault, theft, criminal damage, destruction of property and using a carriage service to menace.
Those charges relate to him dragging a woman by the arm up some stairs during an argument at his home on December 27 last year, stealing another driver’s car keys in an altercation over a parking space in Melbourne in October 2018, using a key to scratch a motorcycle in March 2019 after trading insults with a rider in Richmond, sending crude and menacing emails to a bank worker in August 2019 amid a dispute over a credit card bill and dropping a $50 slab of beer last year after being told he wasn’t welcome in a bottle shop.
He was on bail when he assaulted the woman. That night he also briefly put a noose around his neck and climbed onto his apartment roof during a stand-off with police. He went back into custody when arrested.
Days earlier he sent homophobic, racist and insulting text messages to police who attended his home.
Police on Monday did not push for more jail time, but wanted Pusey put on a community correction order.
Ms Bate said the woman assaulted would have been “terrified” during her ordeal, which included being dragged towards a noose and witnessing Pusey’s tirade against police.
The magistrate described Pusey’s interactions with police as “repugnant”, found he sent “abhorrent” and “most concerning” emails to the bank worker and said his other crimes showed a clear pattern of behaviour.
“Mr Pusey reacted with common interactions with members of the community with outrage, disdain, immaturity and no regard for the impact of his behaviour on other members of the community,” she said.
Pusey gained infamy for filming the four dying officers in Kew after Mohinder Singh’s truck veered into the emergency lane on the freeway and crashed into the police and their stationary cars.
Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney had pulled Pusey over for speeding at 149km/h in his Porsche. They were discussing impounding his vehicle when they were hit. Pusey was urinating at the side of the road at the time.
Pusey has a long history of mental health problems, alcohol and drug use and criminal convictions over incidents where he came into conflict with others. Ms Bate said Pusey required treatment but found he lacked remorse, had little regard for court orders and his rehabilitative prospects were guarded.
The magistrate ordered Pusey pay $3552 to the motorcyclist for repairs and $50 to the bottle shop.
Pusey on Tuesday was banned from working as a mortgage broker for the next decade after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said it had revoked his licence for making false statements in credit licence applications and compliance statements between 2011 and 2017.
The commission also banned him on character grounds because he lacked honesty, judgment and had “no regard for the law”.
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