Porsche driver Richard Pusey to fight allegation he assaulted partner last yearApril 13, 2021
Porsche driver Richard Pusey was charged with assaulting his partner after a number of police officers allegedly saw him holding her arm and heard screaming while they were outside his home last year, a court has been told.
Pusey is in jail awaiting sentence after he pleaded guilty to outraging public decency by filming four dying police officers after they were hit by a truck on the Eastern Freeway in Kew on April 22 last year.
Richard Pusey, right, when arrested last year.Credit:Nine News
The 42-year-old faced Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Tuesday charged with a number of offences stemming from an incident that occurred at his home on December 27.
Emergency services were called to the mortgage broker’s property late that night and police had to negotiate to get him off the roof.
On Tuesday, the court heard the prosecution and defence were in discussions to resolve the matter and five of the eight charges would probably be withdrawn, including the accusations he threatened to kill his partner and placed her in danger of serious injury by putting a noose around her neck.
The charges that would remain include using a carriage service to menace by “sending abusive and derogatory text messages and phone calls” between December 25 and 28 last year, and assault.
Pusey’s lawyer, Vincent Peters, said his client would plead guilty to using a carriage service to menace, but was contesting the assault charge.
Pusey’s partner made no complaint about an alleged assault, Mr Peters told the court, and the charge was based on statements from police officers who were outside the building on the night of December 27.
The officers say they saw Pusey inside walking a few metres from the bedroom to the kitchen holding the woman’s arm.
“We say there were no vantage points where they could make any reasonable assessment of what occurred,” said Mr Peters. “We say it would be impossible to make those judgments.”
“She says he wasn’t forcefully pulling or dragging her.”
Prosecutor Meagan McDonnell said Victoria Police were going to investigate further, including taking photos from those vantage points and taking additional statements from officers.
However, Mr Peters argued it was a “trivial matter” that was not worth pursuing and raised concerns it would cause delays.
“This one charge we are stumbling on is so trite … it’s such a trivial matter that one would think in all circumstances it hardly seems worthwhile pursuing,” he said.
Ms McDonnell said it was inappropriate to be talking about the charge in this way.
“Family violence is not a trivial matter and proper investigation, regardless of what resources are expended, should be undertaken to properly investigate this matter,” she said.
“There was screaming. There was distress that was involved and the police statements on file articulate that … turning around and saying it’s a trivial matter really is not appropriate.”
The matter will return to court on July 20 for another contest mention.
During the hearing, Pusey also pleaded guilty to four counts of using a carriage service to menace on August 27, 2019 relating to a separate incident.
Mr Peters also said his client was willing to plead guilty to damaging a motorcycle by using a key to scratch the fuel tank, but they were in a dispute with the complainant about how much the repairs will cost.
Those two sets of charges will return to court on May 13.
Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were all hit and killed when a truck driven by Mohinder Singh, addled by drug use and fatigue, veered into the emergency lane at 5.36pm on April 22, 2020.
Singh will be sentenced on four counts of culpable driving causing death on Wednesday.
If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
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