Porsche driver to fight assault, theft charges over separate incident

The Porsche driver accused of filming a dying police officer after the Eastern Freeway crash will fight allegations of assault and theft related to a separate incident that took place several years ago.

Richard Pusey, 42, has been committed to stand trial on a number of driving charges and the rare offence of outraging public decency over allegations he used his mobile phone to film the aftermath of a crash on the Eastern Freeway in Kew on April 22.

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He was released on bail in mid-October after a number of other serious charges related to the crash were dropped. He has pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges.

Mr Pusey is also facing allegations of unlawful assault and theft relating to a separate incident which took place two years ago.

Court documents show he is accused of assaulting someone on October 20, 2018, and also allegedly stole a set of car keys worth $200.

A bail hearing over the Eastern Freeway matter in May this year heard that on October 20, 2018, Mr Pusey had a dispute over a parking spot on Russell Street, in Melbourne's CBD, where he allegedly attempted to punch the victim to the head before reaching into the car, taking the keys from the ignition and driving away.

During an online hearing at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre on Thursday, Mr Pusey's lawyer Chris McLennan said there was "factual dispute" about what had happened.

"These matters have not resolved. He disputes the charges of assault and theft," he said.

The court heard there is relevant CCTV footage that will be shown at the next hearing.

Mr McLennan also told the court that Mr Pusey was wrongly "chastised" in media reports several weeks ago after he didn't appear at his last court date.

"He certainly is interested in the case … there was a mix-up with the link," he said.

Mr Pusey was present during Thursday's online hearing, but did not speak except to indicate he could hear proceedings and to thank the magistrate.

The case will return for a contest mention on February 4 next year.

Mr Pusey had been pulled over on the side of the road for allegedly speeding when a truck driven by Mohinder Singh hit and killed Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney.

Mr Pusey is alleged to have filmed Leading Senior Constable Taylor while she was critically injured.

Mr Singh, 48, on Thursday pleaded guilty to 10 offences, including four counts of culpable driving causing death and a number of drug-related charges.

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