Charges against Richard Pusey dropped

Richard Pusey has avoided prosecution over allegations he assaulted police officers and left cat poo around a man’s home after charges were withdrawn on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old, who was previously jailed for filming four dying police officers after a road crash in 2020, was due to face the Neighbourhood Justice Centre at Collingwood on Wednesday but failed to attend.

Richard Pusey faces new charges.

A prison officer told the court Pusey refused to appear via video link from the Melbourne Remand Centre. After a 26-minute delay the matter eventually proceeded without the defendant.

“He is refusing to attend. Apologies for wasting your time,” the unnamed prison officer said.

During the brief hearing, prosecutor Bianca Moleta told the court nine charges against Pusey would be withdrawn.

They included two counts of stalking and four of assaulting an emergency worker. Police had previously alleged Pusey threw canisters of nitrous oxide at officers and left cat litter and faeces around a person’s home in 2020 and 2021.

During an earlier hearing about the matter in March, Pusey claimed police were lying about the case, claiming the justice system was failing.

“I’m not lying to you, the police are lying,” Pusey said.

While nine charges were withdrawn on Wednesday, the 43-year-old remains in custody on four other charges and is scheduled to face Sunshine Magistrates’ Court next week.

Police allege Pusey posted a photo of a dying police officer from the 2020 Eastern Freeway crash in an online Google review for a Porsche Centre Melbourne dealership on February 7 this year.

Pusey is also charged with menacing employees at the Australian Financial Complaints Authority at Kurunjang on November 25, 2021.

Pusey was on bail during that alleged offending, court documents show.

Pusey was previously served time in prison after filming Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Josh Prestney and Glen Humphris after they were fatally injured when hit by Mohinder Singh’s truck on the Eastern Freeway in Kew in April 2020.

The officers had pulled Pusey over for speeding, and Pusey was at the side of the road when the truck hit the officers.

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