Disgraced Porsche driver Richard Pusey walks free from a Melbourne prison, dressed in bizarre outfit
Notorious Melbourne Porsche driver Richard Pusey walked free in sunglasses and a mask marked ‘fake news’ after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman.
Mr Pusey faced an online hearing from the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, where he was convicted and sentenced to 120 days in jail, which has been a long time coming.
The 43-year-old was later released from Ravenhall Correctional Center wearing sunglasses, a headgear, a mask marked “fake news” and a T-shirt that read “Get me Oprah.”
Disgraced Porsche driver Richard Pusey, 43, walked free on Wednesday, wearing a bizarre headscarf, face mask and sweater (pictured)
Mr Pusey appeared to be wearing an Arab headdress, a face mask with the words ‘fake news’ handwritten and a sweater with a slogan that read: ‘Get Me Oprah’ (pictured)
Pusey had pleaded guilty earlier this week to unlawfully assaulting a woman at his Fitzroy home in December by dragging her up two flights of stairs by the wrist.
The despised millionaire walked free from the Melbourne Remand Centre after being sentenced to time served for a driving dispute and his Christmas besiege atop his Fitzroy mansion.
Speaking through his attorney Carmen Randazzo, Pusey took a swipe at his treatment from the media since his outrageous recordings of dead and dying police on the Monash Freeway made headlines across the country.
Australia’s ‘most hated man’, Richard Pusey, was put on mute on Thursday by a Melbourne magistrate during an online court hearing over theft and assault following a 2018 incident
Pusey (pictured above) is accused of stealing the keys to a car while the driver was behind the wheel
“He is grateful, but he is also very concerned for his own safety once he is released from court,” she told the court.
“I think that should be pronounced in open court, Your Honor, so that it will be noticed by all present.”
The hearing, which was held online at the Melbourne Magistrates Court, was filled with reporters from media organizations across Australia.
“Mr Pusey has obviously undergone a fair amount of punishment from the media and the press,” said Ms Randazzo.
“And it’s important, Your Honor, that he now has the greatest opportunity to…become a full-fledged supporter of the community.”
Magistrate Hayley Bate sentenced Pusey to 120 days in prison, all of which had already been served by Pusey pending justice.
Pusey was released from prison briefly on bail last year but was re-incarcerated after an incident at his Fitzroy home (pictured)
Four police officers died in a horror crash involving a lorry on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway in April last year. Pusey enraged Australia when he stood up and filmed the aftermath
The millionaire’s real estate mogul had admitted that stealing car keys from another driver during a minor parking dispute in Melbourne in October 2018.
Prosecutors alleged that the driver felt threatened and feared he would be attacked when Pusey walked up to him, reached into the vehicle, removed the keys and drove away in his own car.
The court was told that Pusey thought it was “appropriate” to remove the keys because the other man was unable to drive.
Pusey said he then drove the keys to a police station, but prosecutors disagreed with this claim.
He also pleaded guilty to additional charges, including assaulting a woman in Fitzroy in December and using a carriage service to threaten a Westpac employee in August 2019 after a credit card dispute.
In April, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison, most of which had already been served, for filming police who died after being hit by a truck on the eastern highway last year.
The officers stood by the side of the road after they ran over Pusey’s Porsche at a speed of 149 km/h.
“He is a man who in various situations deliberately tries to disrupt the sense of security of those who encounter him,” Ms Bate said on Wednesday.
Despite Pusey’s release, he will hang over his head for two more months for the next two years, agreeing to behave well.
Richard Pusey has been given an opinion about his treatment by the media
Senior Constable Kevin King (pictured, far left), Constable Glen Humphris (second from left), Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor (second from right) and and Constable Josh Prestney (far right) all died in the crash. Pusey filmed Mrs Taylor when she died
Pusey was arrested for speeding in his Porsche (pictured) shortly before a truck hit and killed four police officers last year
In April, Chief Inspector Lynette Taylor’s husband dismissed the three-month sentence handed out to Pusey for filming his dying wife.
“Every time a media outlet refers to this crime, it always refers to the filming of the dying police,” he said at the time.
“There was only one, and she was my wife. And every time that comment is made, it tears my heart and soul. And the pain is almost unbearable.’
The unemployed property developer was arrested at the time of the tragedy for speeding at 149 km/h in his black 2016 Porsche 911 on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway.
While officers were discussing how to impound his sports car on the side of the road, a truck driven by drugged Mohinder Singh collided with them.
Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Josh Prestney all died.
Pusey avoided the crash after jumping the fence to pee in some bushes, and emerged to film the scene, including close-ups of the dying officers.
Video showed him variations of “absolutely amazing” and “look at that,” as he “slowly and deliberately” surveyed the scene and zoomed in on the dead officers’ injuries.
At one point he said ‘this is f**king justice’ in the general direction of the road as other motorists drove by.