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Australian man jailed for filming dying officers

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:54 AM, 28 April 2021  

Australian man Richard Pusey was sentenced to 10-month in jail for filming and mocking the four police officers who were dying at a crash scene last year; Photo: Collected

Australian man Richard Pusey was sentenced to 10-month in jail for filming and mocking the four police officers who were dying at a crash scene last year; Photo: Collected

An Australian court has sentenced a man named Richard Pusey to 10-month in jail for filming and mocking police officers who were dying at a crash scene. At the same time, he was fined A$1,000 (Tk 65720.31), put on a two-year good behavior bond, and had his drivers’ license suspended.

Richard Pusey, 42, pleaded guilty last month to the charge that outraging public decency as well as other offenses. As he is in custody for nearly 300 days, so his sentence will complete within a few days.

The judge who gave him the sentence called his actions – “heartless, cruel and disgraceful”.

According to BBC, last year, a broker had been speeding in his car on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway when he was pulled over by four officers. While they were making his arrest, all four were hit by a lorry.

The four police officers – Senior Constables Lynette Taylor and Kevin King, and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney – died at the scene.

At that time, Pusey had been standing a few meters away and avoided the crash. Instead of calling an ambulance, he pulled out his phone and began filming numerous videos.

The court heard that Pusey stood over and taunted Senior Constable Lynette Taylor when she remained pinned under the lorry. “She was most likely alive at the time,” the state lawyers said.

In his defense, the accused told the court that “all he wanted to do to go home and had some sushi” and blamed the deceased officers for “ruining his Porsche sports car”.

Although he fled the scene at the time, the next day, he was arrested at his home and charged with speeding, drug possession and reckless conduct offenses.

Besides, the lorry driver, Mohinder Singh, was jailed earlier this month for 22 years for the deaths. The court found that he was high on drugs, suffering delusions and hallucinations while he was driving. - BBC

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