Despised Porsche driver Richard Pusey has been found guilty of sending graphic and offensive pictures of the Eastern Freeway crash to a financial services watchdog.
Images from the crash that killed four police officers in April 2020 were attached to a November 2021 complaint sent by Pusey to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
Richard Pusey remains behind bars after choosing to represent himself in court
Pusey was found guilty of attaching vile images on a complaint about his insurer
Richard Pusey was become one of the most despised men in Australia
Pusey appeared in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on Monday from the Melbourne Remand Centre via video link.
Magistrate Michelle Mykytowycz told Pusey that the images he used on his complaint were graphic and offensive.
Pusey, who supposedly uses they/them pronouns, had pleaded not guilty to two charges of using a carriage service to cause offence.
Ms Mykytowycz said she was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that it was Pusey and not another person who posted the online review on Google.
Evidence about the AFCA complaint, including reference to Pusey’s $2.2 million insurance claim, convinced her Pusey had sent the images to AFCA.
The images were attached to the complaint seen by AFCA staffer Harry Ganavas.
‘I felt repulsed and physically ill actually, at the graphic content of those photographs,’ he said during the contested hearing.
Richard Pusey as he appeared during one of his hearings in August. He has since lost the pig tails
Pusey had strongly denied using the photos online.
‘Plenty of people took pictures, it’s all over the internet, man. It’s not my picture,’ Pusey told police when interviewed about the complaint.
Sergeant Josh Parker conceded it was in the ‘realm of possibility’ that there were other photos and videos from the crash still online.
Pusey was also convicted of one charged of committing an offence on bail.
Justice has been a long time coming for the one-time multi millionaire.
Once dubbed ‘Australia’s most despised man’ by a magistrate, Pusey had turned his hearings into a circus.
Just weeks ago he was dragged naked from prison cell to attend court.
Once at the building, Pusey refused to go inside the courtroom.
Two officers gave evidence under oath that Pusey wanted to be taken back to prison to appear by video link.
‘I don’t want to go to court, I don’t want to see the magistrate, am I being recorded?’ Pusey told an officer.
Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and and Constable Josh Prestney all died in the horror crash (pictured left to right)
Four officers were killed after they pulled over Mr Pusey Porsche (pictured) for allegedly speeding on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway
Pusey eventually dressed and agreed to go into the courtroom just before lunch, where he said his request to appear via video link led prison staff to throw him naked into the back of a truck.
The 44-year-old has been behind bars since February 7 after his bail was revoked amid allegations he used a telecommunications device to ‘offend’.
While previously represented in court by high-priced barrister Dermot Dann QC, Pusey has chosen to fight the charges himself aided by a Victorian Legal Aid hotline from behind bars.
Just days ago he told the Supreme Court of Victoria he had been forced to smear faeces in his cell to receive attention from custodial staff.
‘Behind those prison walls … there is a holocaust of minds going on,’ he said.
‘When you put someone in a helpless and hopeless position, you’re never going to get an honest conviction.’
On Monday, Pusey claimed to be suffering from autism and Tourette Syndrome.
He told the court he suffered a range of mental issues, which saw him require to know at all times where the moon is positioned in the sky and only drink from coffee cups positioned the ‘correct’ way.
Pusey will remain behind bars until his sentence in December, at which time he is expected to walk free from jail with time already served.
THE CASE AGAINST RICHARD PUSEY
In October 2021, Pusey was reportedly fighting for a $250,000 payout for his wrecked Porsche but had been denied by two insurance firms.
He was rejected payment from his own insurer after it found out Pusey had not disclosed his prior indiscretions to the company.
It is understood Pusey then turned to Connect Logistics, which owned the Semi-trailer driven by Mohinder Singh – the driver convicted over the deadly collision with the roadside police officers.
Pusey had walked free from jail just a couple of months earlier in August donning sunglasses and a mask that read ‘fake news’.
He had served 10 months for filming the crash scene and at one point commenting ‘this is f****ng justice’.
Just three weeks after his release he was sent back to jail, charged with assaulting police and stalking after a disturbance at his Fitzroy home.
In December, social media accounts popped up online which appeared to be operated by Pusey and contained pictures and comments that repeatedly referenced the crash and bizarre thinly veiled insults towards police.