Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

Truck driver breaks his silence after being charged over smash that left four cops dead - as police await the results of his drug tests

  • Mohinder Singh, 47, charged with culpable driving over crash on April 22
  • Four cops were impounding a Porsche 911 by the side of the road in Melbourne
  • Singh's truck then crashed into the scene, killing all four of the police officers
  • He said he was 'genuinely sorry and saddened' by their deaths in a statement

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A truck driver charged with killing four police officers on a Melbourne freeway says he is 'genuinely sorry and saddened' about their deaths.

Mohinder Singh, 47, expressed the sentiment through a statement released by his lawyer Steve Pica on Sunday.

Singh has been charged with culpable driving causing the deaths of the four officers as they were impounding a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway on April 22.

The officers had pulled over Richard Pusey, who was allegedly speeding down the Eastern Freeway at 149km/h and tested positive for meth and marijuana. 

Mohinder Singh, 47, has expressed the sentiment through a statement released by his lawyer 

The police car that arrived at the scene was crushed by a refrigeration truck - killing four police officers who were standing by the roadside

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

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

Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were all killed at the scene.

Pusey, 41, also faces charges over allegations he filmed Sen-Constable Taylor dying before fleeing the scene. 

'Mr Singh is genuinely sorry and saddened that four people have lose their lives as a result of the collision,' the short statement from Mr Pica reads.

'He is acutely aware of the impact upon the families, friends and work colleagues of those that lost their lives.'

Singh didn't speak and had kept his head down when he faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

Police pulled over a speeding driver at 4.50pm on April 22, then proceeded to call for backup from highway patrol when they decided to impound the car. By 5.40pm, the refrigeration truck had ploughed into the three cars and four officers, killing them all

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

A court heard Singh had anxiety and depression and may have had an undiagnosed psychiatric issue his whole life 

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

Mohinder Singh Bajwa's lawyer Steven Pica (left) attempts to dodge Channel 7 crime reporter Sharnelle Vella (right) and a pursuing media pack on his way out of the Melbourne Magistrates' Court last Monday

Mr Pica told the court Singh had anxiety and depression and may have had an undiagnosed psychiatric issue his whole life.

'Mr Singh remains distressed and saddened at the tragic consequences of his acts,' he said.

The 47-year-old from Cranbourne in Melbourne's southeast did not apply for bail and is due to return to court for a committal mention on October 1.

The statement comes after police lined the side of the road and saluted Constable Glen Humphris on Saturday.

Victorian police escorted Const Humphris' body to the border of NSW at Albury-Wodonga, where their interstate colleagues continued the journey to the officer's final resting place in Newcastle.

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

Senior Constable Taylor leaves the Victoria Police Academy on her final journey. The skies opened as the hearse pulled out.

About a dozen people lined the street as she was taken away

Funerals have also been held in line with coronavirus restrictions for senior constables Taylor and King.

Senior Constable Taylor was laid to rest on Thursday after a service at the Victorian Police Academy, where dozens of floral tributes were laid.

Three police officers on motorcycles accompanied the hearse as it left the service - a lone piper playing 'Amazing Grace'. 

Senior Constable King and Constable Humphris were both given similarly solemn but low-key services at the academy on Friday.

They were saluted by police and citizens spaced out along the road as the hearse drove past.

A funeral for constable Josh Presney is set to be held on Monday.

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

The police chaplin escort Constable Glen Humphris out of the police academy on Friday 

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton (left) and the police chaplin Jim Jung escort Senior Constable King out of the police academy. It was the second time they had to make the grim walk on Friday

A state memorial service will be held when coronavirus measures including a 10-person funeral limit, are lifted.

Pusey was charged with failing to give assistance at the scene of a crash, which carries up to 10 years' jail, along with driving and drug offences.

He is accused of taunting the officers as they lay dying while taking photos and video of the scene, then fleeing until he was arrested the next day.

'There you go. Amazing.

Absolutely amazing. All I wanted to do was go home and have my sushi. And now you f**ked my f**king car,' he said in footage he shot of the mortally wounded cops. 

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

The officers had pulled over Richard Pusey (pictured), who was allegedly speeding down the Eastern Freeway at 149km/h and tested positive for meth and marijuana 

Truck driver Mohinder Singh apologises for Melbourne crash that killed police with Porsche

Singh crashed into the Porsche with his truck as the officers were impounding it, killing all four of them and destroying it and two police cars 

Four slain police officers remembered  

Constable Josh Prestney

Constable Prestney, 28, only graduated from the academy in November when he was killed, having joined the force in May 2019.

'Josh was a much loved and respected member of his squad,' his obituary read.

'His brother, First Constable Alexander Prestney, is also a police officer and presented Josh with his badge when he graduated in December last year.'

'In his spare time Josh enjoyed keeping fit and trained for 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 industries at the Australian College of the Arts before joining and was stationed at Boroondara.

Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor

Senior Constable Taylor, 60, had a distinguished 31-year career with Victoria Police, joining in January 1989 and graduating in May of that year.

She was recognised by the Chief Commissioner for good work while performing duties at the traffic camera office.

She also earned the National Medal first clasp, National Police Service medal and the Victoria Police Service medal fourth clasp.

Senior Constable Taylor is survived by her husband, a former Victoria Police officer, Stuart Schultz and their two sons, Nathan and Alexander.

'Having travelled the world, Lynette is remembered for having a great sense of adventure and has instilled this spirit in her children,' her obituary read.

'She spent a year sailing around the South Pacific on a yacht, which she continued to live on for a period when she returned.

'Lynette and her husband Stuart were building their dream retirement home overlooking Bass Strait on Victoria's south east coast, which would support their passion for travel and fishing.'

Lynette was the primary carer for her sister who had recently suffered a stroke, and this reflected her caring nature, which extended to those she worked with.

'Lynette had a reputation of going into bat for others and challenging decisions that she believed were unfair.

'She had a great sense of humour and her colleagues will fondly remember seeing her smiling face every day.'

Constable Glen Humphris

Constable Humphris also only started his police career last year, graduating in March.

Born in Gosford, on the NSW Central Coast, he left school and became an apprentice carpenter and then a personal trainer.

He completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at University of Newcastle and obtained Masters in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney, becoming a sports scientist and exercise physiologist.

While working for Return to Work in Newcastle he met his partner of four years, Todd, and they moved to Melbourne last year.

'He enjoyed the food and bar lifestyle of Melbourne and he continued to have a passion for exercise, competing in triathlons and maintaining a high level of fitness,' his obituary read.

'His squad mates said he genuinely wanted to help people, had a great sense of community and genuine empathy for everyone - victim and offender alike.

'Glen is remembered as being very level-headed, caring and supportive with a great sense of humour and had the ability to make light of any situation to calm people.'

Senior Constable Kevin King

Senior Constable King was with Victoria Police for six years, working at several stations in and around Melbourne before joining the Nunawading Highway patrol in April 2019.

'Kevin was passionate about road policing and knew that it was not just about giving 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 judgement calls and decisions'.

'He was a terrific bloke. A lovely, all round good bloke who took to road policing immediately. He would do anything in his power to not let you down,' it continued.

'He always just wanted to laugh, have a good time, and talk about footy.

It's just devastating to lose a bloke like that.'

The 50-year-old father-of-three was well liked, well respected and well regarded by his colleagues, police said.

'He had a great sense of humour, loved coming to work, and he loved what he did.

Senior Constable King is survived by his wife Sharron Mackenzie, and their three children, William, James and Henry.

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