Melbourne freeway crash truck driver Mohinder Singh will plead guilty to killing four police officers


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, 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Mr Singh was facing 37 charges, but most were withdrawn by prosecutors during a hearing this morning.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.

Mohinder Singh will return to court in December.(ABC News, File Photo)

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.

Four police officers who were killed in a highway crash in Melbourne.
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)

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.



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Police Respond After Barrett Protesters Block Road in Washington

Demonstrators in Washington were escorted away in handcuffs after sitting in the road in protest of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing on Thursday, October 15, local media reported. Thursday marked the fourth and final day of Barrett’s confirmation hearings. Barrett’s nomination, following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sparked controversy due to the proximity of the presidential election on November 3. The Washington Post said Senate Republicans think Barrett will “forge a new and prominent path as a conservative, religious woman who opposes abortion.” This footage, filmed by Twitter user @elmmoves2, shows protesters gathering in the street as some sit down in the intersection. Local media said some protesters participating in the sit-in were taken away in handcuffs. “One at a time they’re being cuffed and led behind police lines toward the Capitol for processing, some lifted up by their arms and dragged,” local journalist Alejandro Alvarez reported. A vote on Barrett’s nomination has been scheduled for October 22, according to reports. Credit: @elmmoves2 via Storyful



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Almost $4m in cash seized from back of truck in Perth, second raid nets 13 kilograms of methamphetamine


WA Police have charged five men after a record amount of cash was uncovered from the back of a truck that had allegedly been driven from New South Wales.

Police said the truck was pulled over on Monday September 21 as part of an ongoing investigation.

It is alleged that when officers searched the vehicle, they found $3.88 million hidden in two plastic tubs — thought to be the largest amount of cash ever seized in WA.

A raid at a home in the north-eastern Perth suburb of Lockridge later that day allegedly uncovered 13 one-kilogram packages of methylamphetamine in a ute.

Bags of methylamphetamine were seized by WA Police from a house in the Perth suburb of Lockridge.(Supplied: WA Police)

A 29-year-old man at the property was arrested and charged with possessing a trafficable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

The offence carries a potential life sentence.

The 58-year-old truck driver, from New South Wales, was charged with money laundering.

Three other men in their 20s were also arrested as part of the investigation and charged with drug offences.

Organised crime involved, WA Police say

Acting assistant commissioner Allan Adams said the seizures were a “significant win” for the WA community.

The back of a large truck showing tubs wrapped in black plastic next to a crate.
The storage tubs filled with cash were wrapped in black plastic the back of the truck.(Supplied: WA Police)

“That is cash that would have made its way back to more senior members of a serious and organised crime group and would have been used to purchase greater quantities of illicit drugs and repeat the community harm cycle,” he said.

“There is clearly someone who was expecting to receive the cash and given the amount of drugs seized it is fair to suggest there was a further distribution network ready and waiting to take delivery.

“Our investigation into the broader criminal network is continuing in partnership with law enforcement and intelligence agencies across Australia.”

Both men were refused bail and are due in Midland Magistrates Court this week.



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Truck rolls over, man in critical condition | Goulburn Post



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A man is in a critical condition after his truck rolled over at Burley Griffin Way near Bowning.
At about 3.12pm today, NSW Ambulance were notified of the accident at Burley Griffin Way, located a kilometre south east of Goondah Rd.
The 55-year-old male was extricated from the truck and suffered a serious head injury.
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Three ambulance crews and a helicopter are at the scene.
The man will be airlifted to Canberra Hospital.
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Major truck rollover in Blue Mountains disrupts traffic on GWH


  • A truck has rolled over on the Great Western Highway at Katoomba, in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.
  • The rollover occurred around 6:40am on Tuesday morning on the Great Western Highway near Explorers Road, at Katoomba.
  • The truck was travelling westbound on the Great Western Highway, when it rolled, blocking one westbound lane. .

KATOOMBA, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia – A truck has rolled over on the Great Western Highway at Katoomba, in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.

The rollover occurred around 6:40am on Tuesday morning on the Great Western Highway near Explorers Road, at Katoomba.

The truck was travelling westbound on the Great Western Highway, when it rolled, blocking one westbound lane.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident. Emergency services are on scene. The driver sustained minor injuries.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area or delay travel due to significant traffic delays. Lane one westbound is completely blocked.



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Step up to a Ram truck with this new Mopar accessory


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Truck tailgates have pretty much been the same for a century: flat chunks of metal closing off a pickup’s business end. But in the last couple of years we’ve seen some amazing innovation in this area. GMC introduced its flipping and folding MultiPro tailgate, while Ram now offers the clever Multifunction tailgate, which is split vertically like a pair of barn doors to make it easier to access the bed. Further simplifying things, on Thursday, Mopar, FCA’s parts and accessories division, announced a new add-on that should make it easier for customers to work and play.

The aptly named retractable center-mounted bed step is designed to work in conjunction with the Multifunction tailgate, to give customers a real “leg up” over the competition. It mounts neatly under a Ram 1500’s bumper where it’s out of the way, so it shouldn’t get snagged on rocks or debris while off-roading. When you need to access the cargo box, this step pops down with the flick of a foot. It’s made of aluminum and e-coated a fetching black color, so it should be both durable and light in weight. But don’t think it will fold under pressure — the step is rated to support up to 350 pounds.

Mopar offers more than 600 accessories for Ram trucks, everything from retractable bed steps that work on trucks not fitted with a Multifunction tailgate to cat-back exhaust systems, running boards, interior upgrades, suspension kits and much more. This new retractable center-mounted bed step, part No. 82216265AB, should make it much easier to work and play with a Ram 1500 pickup, all without breaking a leg, or your budget for that matter. The advertised price for this add-on is $395.


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Horse racing news: Four horses killed in truck crash near Euroa, Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud, Lindsay Park


A trio of horses owned by one of the world’s most successful and prolific horse racing figures were among four broodmares killed in a horror track crash in country Victoria.

Radio station RSN reported three fillies, owned by Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud and trained at Lindsay Park by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, and another broodmare were killed in the crash, which happened near Euroa at about 9pm AEST on Monday night.

The Herald Sun reported regally-bred Aladaala, Hafaawa and Maktabba were the three Shadwell Stud horses. Another horse also died while Bjorn Baker-trained Hybrid Theory was the only horse to survive the accident.

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New fire truck delivers state-of-the art protection


BALLINA Fire and Rescue will now have access to state-of-the art equipment in order to protect the community as bushfire season starts.

The Ballina Fire Station was the recipient of a new $450,000 pumper, which is able to supply up to 3,000 litres of water per minute and features a Compressed Air Foam (CAFs) system with biodegradable foam, assisting firefighters in responding to chemical, petrol and bush fire related incidents.

Fire captain Dennis Henry said the new equipment will assist putting out bushfires and other fires with easy use.

 

Ballina Fire captain Dennis Henry in the new pumper.

 

“Once we got this vehicle, and we saw how it actually operates, we found this thing will pump a minimum amount of water, a minimum amount of foam and a lot of air through the line,” he said.

“(The hose is) light as a feather, they’re light to work with.

“This particular new vehicle will be mainly used for houses close to the bush in suburbia that has bushland backing onto it.”

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said the new vehicle is fitted with a GPS navigation unit and an electronic message board on the back to warn motorists of emergency operations.

“This truck is just one part of a large roll out of vehicles across the state that will give our firefighters the edge when responding to the various emergencies that we manage and contribute to,” Mr Elliott said.

 

Minister Police and Emergency Services David Elliott officially handed over the keys of a new pumper to Ballina Fire Captain Dennis Henry.

Minister Police and Emergency Services David Elliott officially handed over the keys of a new pumper to Ballina Fire Captain Dennis Henry.

 

Ballina MP Tamara Smith said the community was very “grateful” to be one of three areas in the state to receive the new pump.

“What this truck means is our fire and rescue service have the state-of-the-art equipment to be able to deal with this summer’s bushfires and also other fires,” Ms Smith said.

Ballina firefighters responded to more than 450 emergency incidents each year and partake in more than 180 community safety activities to educate the local community about fire safety.





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