The driver of a refrigerated dumper truck that has plowed against four police officers and killed them all has been nagging about his own depression after standing in a Melbourne court.
Mohinder Singh Bajwa, 47, may face up to 20 years in prison after being charged with the crash.
His lawyer Steven Pica told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday that his client may have an undiagnosed mental illness.
“Mr Singh remains sad and sad and depressed because of the consequences of his actions,” he said.
Mohinder Singh Bajwa was charged four days after being taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital under police guard after the blow
Senior Constable Kevin King (photo, far left), Constable Glen Humphris (second from left), Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor (second from right) and Constable Josh Prestney (far right) all died in the crash last Wednesday night
Four police officers were killed when they were hit by a truck (pictured in the tragic scene) in Melbourne, causing the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Victoria history
Singh was initially taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital under police surveillance after police officers said he had a “medical episode” after the horrific crash in Kew, Melbourne.
But on Sunday, four days after the tragedy, Bajwa was charged with four charges of guilty driving, and is now in prison for a long time if found guilty.
Wednesday’s crash killed lead Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor and colleagues Kevin King, Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney on duty.
The court heard that Singh needed counseling and medication to deal with his anxiety and depression in prison.
Pica said his client likely suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness.
“Ne needs immediate psychiatric help,” said Pica.
He told the court that Singh had been detained as an “involuntary patient” since Wednesday night when he allegedly ran into police officers.
The officers had set aside Richard Pusey, who reportedly drove down the eastern highway at 149 mph and gave a positive score for ice and marijuana.
Police also allegedly found an ice pipe in Bajwa’s truck cab and further drug attributes during a search at his Cranbourne home after the crash.
On Sunday evening, it was reported that Bajwa was “reluctant to talk to detectives” about how his truck drove across multiple lanes and hit officers on the hard lane at 100 mph.
Police had not interviewed him after he suffered “a medical episode” and “blacked out” after the crash.
In Victoria, guilty driving is the most serious traffic offense and a sentence of up to 20 years can be imposed.
According to the law, the police must prove that the driver has acted recklessly or negligently under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Officers have yet to reveal which of the four crimes they will allege that Bajwa committed during his scheduled court appearance on Monday.
A motorist charged with culpable driving cannot be charged with other offenses related to the incident, such as illegal murder or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Bajwa is on trial on Monday for four charges of culpable driving – the most serious traffic offense in the state of Victoria
Emergency services removed the bodies of the four police officers from the scene
Police stopped a fast-driving driver at 4:50 pm on Wednesday and then called for help from the highway patrol when they decided to seize the car. At 5:40 p.m., the refrigerator truck had been plowed into the three cars and four officers, killing them all
The four agents had pulled over a Porsche 911, powered by mortgage broker Pusey, which is said to drive at around 140mph at around 4.50am.
About 50 minutes later, Mr. Bajwa’s semi-trailer entered the emergency lane and hit the stationary cars.
Pusey walked away unscathed peeing next to a tree, and is accused of taunting Senior Constable Taylor while dying.
He is also accused of filming a dying officer before posting graphics to Facebook after fleeing the accident.
A Melbourne court heard on Friday that, instead of coming to the rescue of the officers after being shot, Pusey took pictures of the massacre and insulted the police.
He reportedly filmed a groaning Leading Senior Constable Taylor, a mother of two, saying, “Please. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. ‘
Pusey (pictured) is said to have taken disturbing photos in the crash, with the officers’ lifeless bodies
Mr. Bajwa – pictured with his wife – is under police surveillance in the hospital. Victoria police have yet to determine what led to the fatal crash
“All I wanted to do was go home to eat my sushi and now you fucked my goddamn car.”
After the incident, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said he was “disgusted” by the handling of the agents, but vowed to merge the events.
“As chief of police, I am disgusted by four officers who were murdered last night with someone who clearly drove on the highway,” said Commissioner Ashton.
“If I spend time with the relatives of those deceased officers today, I can tell you that it will absolutely disgust them.”
He went on to say that the driver’s actions were “ very, very low, ” made worse by the decision to share photos of the horrifying scene with friends.
“If I didn’t wear the chief of police’s uniform, I’d give you a much more colorful language,” he said.
‘We can put together at least 99.9 percent of this. We need to go through a lot of information in the coming days. ‘
Police said on Thursday that it was “too early” to say what caused the crash, but more information is likely to come to light after the charges against Bajwa.
Investigators took a blood sample, and Chief Superintendent Graham Ashton said the truck driver has no extensive criminal history.
The son of the father of two students, Gurdeep, declined to comment on Thursday.
“I can’t talk to anyone, I can’t share comments. I can’t speak, “he said.
The police car arriving on site was crushed by a refrigerated van – killing four police officers standing by the roadside
Flowers pile up outside the Boroondara police station in northeast Melbourne
Richard Pusey, 41, the driver in the middle of an accident that killed four police officers, is a mortgage broker
Pusey’s Fitzroy apartment was defaced on Saturday by vandals, while neighbors described him as a ‘maniac’.
“He has no sense of normal decency for anyone,” a neighbor told The Herald Sun. “It’s just mind-boggling.”
Under the intercom in his converted $ 3 million warehouse, Pusey scribbled the words, “How to get a f *** ed sound pig c ** t.”
Pusey regularly blew music all night in his converted home, which is decorated with surveillance camera doors and black windows to protect the outside world.
Neighbors said the mortgage broker would spray curse paints through the streets near his home, forcing city officials to clean them up.
Others claim that they constantly heard screams and screams from his house.
Some confessed they were afraid of driving Pusey. He often ripped his Porsche by Smith St ‘like a maniac’ and was aware of his hatred of the police.
Shots taken a month before the fatal crash show Pusey’s luxury Porsche driving the same highway.
“Everyone knew it was going to be a spiral in the end, but we didn’t know it was going to be that big,” said a neighbor.
Four murdered police officers remembered
Constable Josh Prestney
Constable Prestney, 28, did not graduate from the academy until November when he was murdered, after joining the police in May 2019.
“Josh was a much-loved and respected member of his team,” his obituary read.
“His brother, First Constable Alexander Prestney, is also a police officer and handed Josh his badge when he graduated last December.”
In his spare time, Josh loved to keep fit and trained and competed in triathlons. He is survived by his parents Andrew and Belinda, and his brother, First Constable Alex Prestney. ‘
Constable Prestney completed a Bachelor in Creative Industry from the Australian College of the Arts before joining and stationed in Boroondara.
Executive Senior Constable Lynette Taylor
Senior Constable Taylor, 60, had a distinguished 31-year career with Victoria Police, joined in January 1989 and graduated in May of that year.
She was recognized by the chief of police for doing good work while performing duties at the traffic camera agency.
She also earned the first medal from the National Medal, the medal from the National Police and the fourth medal from the Victoria Police Service.
Senior Constable Taylor is survived by her husband, a former Victoria police officer, Stuart Schultz and their two sons, Nathan and Alexander.
“Lynette has traveled the world and is remembered for her great sense of adventure and has brought this spirit to her children,” her obituary read.
“She spent a year sailing in the South Pacific on a yacht, which she lived on for a while when she returned.
“Lynette and her husband Stuart were building their dream home overlooking Bass Strait on Victoria’s southeast coast, which would support their passion for travel and fishing.”
Lynette was her sister’s primary caregiver who had recently had a stroke, and this reflected her caring nature, which extended to those she worked with.
Lynette had a reputation for beating others and making challenging decisions that she said were unfair.
“She had a great sense of humor and her colleagues will happily remember seeing her smiling face every day.”
Constable Glen Humphris
Constable Humphris also only started his police career last year and graduated in March.
Born in Gosford, on the NSW Central Coast, he left school and became an apprentice carpenter, then a personal trainer.
He completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Newcastle and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Sydney, where he became a sports scientist and exercise physiologist.
While working for Return to Work in Newcastle, he met his four-year-old partner, Todd, and they moved to Melbourne last year.
“He enjoyed Melbourne’s dining and bar lifestyle and remained passionate about exercise, competing in triathlons and maintaining a high level of fitness,” his obituary read.
His teammates said he really wanted to help people, had a great sense of community and genuine empathy for everyone – victim and perpetrator.
“Remembered as very level-headed, caring and supportive with a great sense of humor, Glen was able to highlight any situation to calm people.”
Senior Constable Kevin King
Senior Constable King spent six years with Victoria Police and worked at various stations in and around Melbourne before joining the Nunawading Highway patrol in April 2019.
“Kevin was passionate about road police and knew it wasn’t just about handing out tickets,” his obituary read.
He transferred to the Nunawading Highway Patrol in 2018, where the officer in charge described him as “an older head with a lot of life experience who always made good judgment and decisions.”
“He was a great guy. A nice, all round good guy who immediately hit the road. He would do anything not to let you down, ”he continued.
“He always just wanted to laugh, have fun and talk about footy. It’s just terrible to lose such a guy. ‘
The 50-year-old father of three was loved, respected, and highly regarded by his colleagues, police said.
“He had a great sense of humor, loved coming to work and loved what he did.
Senior Constable King is survived by his wife Sharron Mackenzie and their three children, William, James and Henry.