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Richard Pusey has been charged for allegedly posting a picture of the body of a police officer killed in Melbourne‘s Eastern Freeway truck crash.
The 44-year-old was charged with two counts of using a telecommunications device to menace and two counts of committing an indictable offence while on bail.
Pusey was previously dubbed ‘the most hated man in Australia’ by a magistrate after he was convicted of filming four police officers who had pulled him over for speeding in his Porsche who were fatally struck by a truck.
Pusey walked free from jail in August donning a bizarre outfit (pictured) after serving 10 months for filming the dying police officers. He was arrested again on Tuesday
In a statement, Victoria Police said that Pusey was arrested at 8pm on Tuesday night at Kuranjang about half an hour west of Melbourne, The Age reported.
Police allege Pusey posted a Google review of the Porsche Centre Melbourne which included one of the pictures he took at the scene of the April 2020 crash over which he was previously sentenced on outraging public decency charges.
Pusey appeared briefly in Sunshine Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this month a memorial for the four police officers – Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Josh Prestney and Glen Humphris – was held at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.
Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and and Constable Josh Prestney all died in the horror crash (pictured left to right)
Four officers were killed after they pulled over Mr Pusey Porsche (pictured) for allegedly speeding on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway
About 2,000 people attended the memorial including the victims friends, colleagues and families.
‘Police are human, they cry, they suffer, they worry, but they do what they do because the community expects it of us and because they want to be of service,’ Victoria Police Commissioner Shane Patton said.
‘I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am that they did not come home from their shift that night,’ he said.
Colleagues in the stadium’s stands were pictured wiping away tears as members of the officers families shared stories.
‘Our police officers wear a uniform, but underneath that uniform is a person who has people that love them and look forward to them coming home,’ Constable Glen Humphris’ partner Todd Robinson said.
A picture of Pusey’s wrecked black 2016 Porsche 911 was posted online with the caption: ‘You don’t need one of these to bend a cop’. Pusey was reportedly trying to claim insurance over the crash
Premier Dan Andrews said the incident had resonated with Victorians and he felt for the officer’s families.
‘Their loved ones has chosen to live a life in the service and protection of others. It’s essential, it’s honourable and it can be tragic,’ he said.
‘To run toward the danger… in order to protect others is a special thing,’ he said.
In October 2021, Pusey was reportedly fighting for a $250,000 payout for the wrecked Porsche but had been denied by two insurance firms
He was rejected payment from his own insurer after it found out Mr Pusey had not disclosed his prior indiscretions to the company.
It is understood the 44-year-old then turned to Connect Logistics, which owned the Semi-trailer driven by Mohinder Singh – the driver convicted over the deadly collision.
Bizarre social media posts began appearing on an account called ‘the Richard Pusey show’ shortly after he was released from jail (pictured)
Pusey had walked free from jail just a couple of months earlier in August donning sunglasses and a mask that read ‘fake news’.
He had served 10 months for filming the crash scene and at one point commenting ‘this is f****ng justice’.
Just three weeks after his release he was sent back to jail, charged with assaulting police and stalking after a disturbance at his Fitzroy home.
In December, social media accounts popped up online which appeared to be operated by Pusey and contained pictures and comments that repeatedly referenced the crash and bizarre thinly veiled insults towards police.