Eastern Freeway Porsche driver Richard Pusey accused of putting a noose around woman’s neck


A Porsche driver accused of filming a dying policewoman after a horror Melbourne crash in April is back behind bars after allegedly putting a noose around a woman’s neck in an incident in his home.

Richard Pusey was freed on bail in October while awaiting trial on charges of reckless conduct endangering life and drug offences linked to a crash on the Eastern Freeway that killed four police officers.

The officers had pulled over Mr Pusey on the freeway when a truck ploughed into them.

Mr Pusey was arrested on Sunday night and faced court on a series of fresh charges over alleged incidents at his Fitzroy home between Christmas Day and Sunday.

He faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Joshua Prestney were killed in the crash on April 22.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

Documents reveal an allegation the 42-year-old assaulted a woman, put a noose around her neck and threatened to kill her.

He is also accused of sending abusive and derogatory text messages and making menacing phone calls, and committing offences while on bail.

Part of Mr Pusey’s bail conditions included a curfew and a requirement that he answer the door when requested by officers.

He has been charged with breaching that condition twice, including on Christmas Day.

Mr Pusey did not apply for bail and is due back in court on January 15.

AAP



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Chinese developer Chambroad granted extra two years to start project at Kangaroo Bay on Hobart’s eastern shore


A Hobart council has granted a Chinese company behind a controversial $80 million waterfront development on the city’s eastern shore an extra two years to start the project.

At a meeting on Monday night, the Clarence Council voted seven-to-five to give developer Chambroad the additional time to start work on its proposal for a tourism and hospitality training school at Kangaroo Bay.

In a tied vote in October, the council blocked the company’s request to have more time to start construction on the project.

Mayor Doug Chipman said legal advice received late last week found that decision was in breach of contract.

“Unless we rectified the situation quickly, we were vulnerable to considerable damages claims,” Mr Chipman said.

Chambroad has blamed coronavirus for its inability to get the $80 million development off the ground.

There has been community opposition to the plans since they were first proposed about five years ago, mostly related to how the land was made available to the developers and the size and scale of the project, which some argue is out of step with the area.

Protesters gathered outside the meeting.(Facebook: Alderman Beth Warren)

Kangaroo Bay Voice member Cheryl Davison, who protested outside Monday night’s meeting, said she was sceptical coronavirus was behind the delay.

“I think many people in the community don’t believe those comments at all,” she said.

‘Secret’ meeting criticised

The council meeting was supposed to be held in secret, but a majority of alderman voted to make it public.

However, after the council agreed to open the meeting, it failed to unlock the doors to the council chambers and no-one was available to livestream the event.

Clarence alderman Luke Edmunds said it was “embarrassing” the open meeting could not be accessed by the public.

“The topic that we discussed had been done in [an] open meeting under public pressure before; there really wasn’t much extra detail,” he said.

“Anything that was commercial-in-confidence could’ve stayed in the closed part of the report.

“It’s really disappointing for me as an elected official that we have a vote to bring a closed meeting into the public, yet no-one on the council administration could see that coming and therefore were able to blame IT for holding the public meeting in secret.”

Ms Davison said she was disappointed the meeting was not livestreamed.

“Everyone from Kangaroo Bay Voice and anyone from the community would expect any meeting that was on formerly public, open space to be open,” she said.

Mr Chipman said it was usual practice for meetings based on legal matters to be held in private.



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Driver of truck carrying acid escapes South Eastern Freeway crash with minor injuries


The driver of a prime mover carrying containers of acid has escaped a crash on the South-Eastern Freeway in the Adelaide Hills with minor injuries.

Police said the truck left the freeway and crashed into the barrier on the median near the Callington exit overnight.

Emergency crews and police were called to the scene just after 1:00am.

The 52-year-old driver from Victoria was briefly trapped in the cabin.

He was taken to Murray Bridge Hospital with minor injuries.

The containers of acid were not breached in the crash.

The freeway was closed for all eastbound traffic between Monarto and Callington and lower speed limits are in place for all westbound traffic.

Police said the road was unlikely to be cleared and re-opened until the afternoon.

Investigations into the crash are underway.

Young motorcycle rider suffers life-threatening injuries

Meanwhile, major crash investigators are at Beach Road, Morphett Vale, where a car and a motorbike collided at 9:15pm on Monday.

The rider of the motorcycle, an 18-year-old Morphett Vale man, was rushed to the Flinders Medical Centre.

He has life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the car, a 36-year-old Morphett Vale woman, was not injured.

Beach Road was closed for several hours while Major Crash Investigators attended the scene, but has now been reopened.



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Truck driver Mohinder Singh pleads guilty to fatal Eastern Freeway crash


The truck driver involved in Melbourne’s tragic Eastern Freeway crash has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing the deaths of four police officers.
Cranbourne father Mohinder Singh, 48, today admitted he was responsible for the deadliest incident in the history of Victoria Police on April 22.
Singh’s semi-trailer refrigeration truck ploughed into the police officers from behind in the emergency lane of the freeway after they had pulled over 42-year-old Richard Pusey in Kew.

Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney were killed in the crash.

Singh’s defence lawyer Peter Morrissey SC told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today his client was “very sorry” for the fallen officers’ deaths.

Mohinder Singh has pleaded guilty to culpable driving. (Nine)

“He is very sorry for the deaths of the four police officers,” Mr Morrissey said.

“They are innocent people and he pleads guilty now and we will conduct the proceedings very respectfully in the Supreme Court.

“We would like to note the professionalism of which police conducted the investigation in this case, in very emotional and trying circumstances.”

The four police officers were were impounding a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway at Kew when the truck ploughed into them.
The four police officers were impounding a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway at Kew when the truck ploughed into them. (Supplied)

Singh’s case will be upgraded to the Supreme Court due to the seriousness of the crime and high level of public interest.

The truck driver is pleading guilty to 10 charges, including four counts of culpable driving causing death, as well as drug trafficking and ammunition charges.

A number of charges were earlier withdrawn by prosecutors.



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Search called off for solo yachtsman missing off the eastern Victorian coast



Police have called off the search for a missing yachtsman, whose vessel was discovered 145 kilometres off the coast of Lakes Entrance in eastern Victoria on Friday night.

The 62-year-old New South Wales man left Hobart on Friday, November 13, heading for Eden on the NSW coast.

After a week of sailing solo, the man came into strife in significant winds, in the darkness of night early Friday morning.

He made contact with the volunteer Marine Rescue Group, which monitors radio channels, about 2.00am to say his sails had been damaged in 75 km/h winds, rendering the vessel inoperable.

He told the volunteers he planned to wait until morning to pull the damaged sails down and put a new one up before making his way into Eden.

The officer in charge of Water Police in Victoria, Inspector Greg Barras, said a high-tech jet plane was dispatched by the Australian Maritime Search Authority in Canberra to search over rough seas.

“Sea conditions at the time were ‘sea state five’ and that’s waves of between 2.5 – four metres and that creates a really big challenge when you are looking for a small object in the water,” Inspector Barras said.

The man’s nine-metre yacht was spotted 81 nautical miles offshore at 8.00pm that night.

Container ship called to help

A police boat based at Paynesville was dispatched but it was a 22-hour return voyage from port to collect the yacht from so far offshore.

“Clearly from a fixed-wing it is very difficult to work out whether the person’s on board,” Inspector Barras said.

“We actually diverted a container ship to the location and the container ship tried to call him on radio and also sounded the horn and there was no presence on the boat.”

Inspector Barras said the water temperature was between 15-17 degrees Celsius at the time, and that in those conditions, the man would have only been able to survive for between 12-14 hours.

“By the time the searchers were able to get to him it was probably too late.”

Police are preparing a report for the Victorian Coroner.



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Woman arrested after man stabbed in Sydney’s eastern suburbs


A woman has been arrested and a man is in serious condition after a stabbing at a home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Emergency services were called to a Bellevue Hill home, on Drumalbyn Road, about 1.40am on Saturday following reports a man, 22, had been stabbed.

Paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition.

A woman, 55, who is known to the man was also at the home. She was arrested and taken to Waverley Police Station.

Police officers from the eastern suburbs command are continuing their investigations into the incident.



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Warnings for eastern states as NSW and Queensland brace for severe storms


There are fresh storm warnings for NSW and Queensland with severe storms expected batter both states this afternoon.

Parts of of NSW have already copped significant rain today, with Ulladulla on the state’s south coast doubling it’s annual rainfall total from last year after receiving more than 110mm of rain in under three hours.

Severe storms are set to turn the southeast of the Sunshine State decidedly un-sunny today, with the strongest likelihood of storm activity in the afternoon.

The ACT is also in for some wild weather today with Canberra expected to receive up to 60mm – in a month where it has already recorded more than triple its long-term monthly average of 62mm, with just over 130mm in the gauge so far.

Here’s your state-by-state forecast for Saturday, 31 October, 2020:

Large parts of Queensland are on alert for severe thunderstorms today, with new warnings in place for communities from Burnett in the north to Coolangatta on the Queensland/NSW border.

Severe thunderstorms will rapidly develop over the coming hours with very dangerous thunderstorms with giant hail and destructive winds likely to initiate along the dryline and extend eastward during the afternoon period.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Gympie, Kingaroy, Caboolture, Coolangatta and Ipswich.

Light to moderate northwest to northeasterly winds, turning southeast to southwesterly in western districts and southwest to northwesterly in the southwest.

Temperatures above average in the north and east, tending below average in the southwest. Highs of 31C in Brisbane and 34C in Cairns.

Fire Danger – Very High in the Peninsula, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Highlands and Coalfields, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Districts.

This stork struck Brisbane last weekend. Expect more scenes like this on Saturday. Image @chicodegales (@chicodegales)

A few showers and the chance of thunderstorms across much of the state, except the far northwest.

Some thunderstorms likely to be severe in the northeast and possible in central parts. Showers more persistent and tending to rain areas about the southeast, where heavy falls are possible.

synoptic map

Showers and thunderstorms possible over the Kimberley, eastern Pilbara, North Interior, northeast Gascoyne, Goldfields and over southern and eastern parts of the South West Land Division.

Showers also developing over remaining western parts southwest of Dongara to Walpole late afternoon and evening.

A slight chance of showers and gusty thunderstorms over the Tiwi Islands and western Daly Districts. Partly cloudy in the western districts and sunny elsewhere. Very hot north of Tennant Creek.

Light to moderate northwest to northeast winds, tending moderate easterly south of Daly Waters. Winds fresh and gusty through central districts during the morning.

Fire Danger – High north of Yuendumu.

– Reported with Weatherzone and Australian Bureau of Meteorology.



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A news 22-team second-tier competition for the eastern seaboard will replace the VFL in 2021


The VFL is officially dead and Carlton will field it’s first stand-alone reserves side for in 19 years in a new-look 22 team second tier competition to launch in 2021.

The AFL confirmed on Thursday that teams will play in the yet-to-be-named competition for the eastern seaboard, with clubs to be based in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Of the 14 eastern seaboard AFL clubs, 11 will field standlone reserves teams with all the existing VFL clubs to be integrated in to the new competition.

St Kilda, Melbourne and Hawthorn will maintain their alignment with current VFL clubs.

The salary cap will be set at $200,000 for stand-alone clubs and $100,000 for AFL and aligned clubs and the AFL will subsidise all approved travel for interstate matches.

The Blues will have their own reserves side for the first time since 2002, after spending recent years aligned with the Northern Bullants, who will also be part of the competition.

Carlton Head of Football Brad Lloyd said a stand-alone reserves side was a massive boost for the club’s player development.

“We’ve spoken about the exciting talent we believe we have on our playing list and it is crucial we have a development pathway that gives us every opportunity to maximise that talent,” Lloyd said.

“A stand-alone VFL side is a big step forward in that regard. We will have complete oversight in regard to our reserve players on a game day, which will only further allow us to enhance their development during the week.

“Another benefit in combining our AFL and VFL program is that we will be able to streamline our resources in the football department. A financial reality to come out this year was a reduction in the football department soft cap across the AFL.

“While this has presented its challenges, we believe bringing our VFL program in-house will ensure we continue to enhance our player development pathway, which will ultimately lead to improved on-field performance at the elite level.”

Queensland clubs Southport and Aspley will come in to the competition along with reigning VFL premiers Port Melbourne, after the competition was abandoned din 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the re-born Northern Bullants.

Confirmed licences for the VFL and East Coast Second-Tier Competition:

Stand-alone Second-Tier Clubs: Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Southport, Werribee, Williamstown

Stand-alone AFL Clubs: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Footscray, Geelong Cats, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney Swans

Aligned Clubs: Sandringham, Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons



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