The truck driver at the centre of a crash on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway, which killed four Victoria Police officers, has indicated he will plead guilty to causing their deaths.
- Mohinder Singh has indicated he will plead guilty to 10 charges including four counts of culpable driving causing death
- His formal guilty plea was delayed while the case is moved to the Supreme Court
- Four Victoria Police officers died on April 22 when they were hit by a truck driven by Singh
Mohinder Singh, who recently turned 48 behind bars, appeared by videolink in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court where he revealed he would accept responsibility over the incident in April.
Mr Singh was facing 37 charges, but most were withdrawn by prosecutors during a hearing this morning.
Instead, he intends to plead guilty to 10 charges, including four counts of culpable driving causing death, along with drug trafficking and ammunition charges.
He will also plead guilty to dealing with the proceeds of crime, the court heard.
Lawyers for Mr Singh, who has been in custody since the crash, indicated he wanted to enter a plea.
But the court heard Mr Singh’s formal plea would be delayed as the case is moved to the Supreme Court.
He will return to court in December.
The largest loss of life for Victoria Police
On April 22, police officers Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and First Constable Glen Humphris pulled over Richard Pusey for allegedly driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.
Two other officers — Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney — then arrived at the scene and were standing in an emergency lane when a truck, driven by Mr Singh, veered into the lane, killing all four.
The tragic incident was the largest loss of life in a single incident in the force’s history, and plunged Victoria into mourning.
Mr Pusey faces 11 charges, including reckless conduct endangering life, possessing a drug of dependence and outraging public decency and has been committed to stand trial in Victoria’s County Court, where he has vowed to clear his name.
At a previous court appearance, Mr Singh’s lawyer told the court his client was “deeply saddened and distressed” by the crash and had been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.