Porsche driver Richard Pusey has ripped into the press over their coverage of him in a court hearing for minor matters.

The mortgage broker was expected to plead guilty to five charges in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, but the matter was adjourned after he started arguing with the prosecutor.

He was in court for a charge of criminal damage, the result of him keying a motorcycle in 2019, and four counts of using a carriage service to menace another person.

During the hearing, magistrate Simon Zebrowski asked the lawyers present - prosecutor Meagan McDonnell and Pusey's lawyer Vincent Peters - if there was any reason material about the case should not be released to the press, a routine process.

"Because it's traumatic," Pusey suddenly interjected.

"It's retraumatising for the truck victims' families."

He was asked not to speak during the hearing and to leave it to his legal representative.

Richard Pusey was told off for repeatedly interrupting in a court hearing on Thursday. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
Richard Pusey was told off for repeatedly interrupting in a court hearing on Thursday. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Then, when Ms McDonnell began reading out a police summary of what happened to result in the "menace" charges laid against Pusey, he began interrupting again.

"The accused knew the victim as a client and case manager," Ms McDonnell began.

"No, he's not a client," Pusey loudly interjected.

"I don't know him, he's not a customer."

He was given a stern talking to from Magistrate Zebrowski.

"Mr Pusey, if you want to keep calling out, I'm just going to have to mute you," he said.

"The bottom line is you're represented by a lawyer here today, and when I'm told the matter is proceeding as a plea (of guilty) then what I expect is that you've been through the summary.

"If you haven't, I'll simply adjourn the matter to a different time and give you an opportunity to speak to your lawyer and sort this out.

"What I won't have you doing is a) speaking over me and b) interrupting the prosecutor," he finished, as Pusey repeatedly said "adjourn it."

The matter was adjourned to August 23.

Earlier in the hearing, the court heard Pusey had keyed a motorbike after the driver yelled at him on Hoddle Street on 26 March, 2019.

The motorcycle driver was nearly knocked off his bike by Pusey driving "erratically" through traffic in his Porsche coupe and he "yelled out in frustration" as he was riding past, police allege.

Pusey then followed him and was caught on CCTV scratching the paintwork with a pair of keys, police allege.

The charges are unrelated to the Eastern Freeway crash, which resulted in Pusey being charged and convicted of outraging public decency, reckless conduct endangering serious injury by speeding and drug possession.

On April 22, four police officers were in the emergency lane of the Eastern Freeway at Kew after pulling over Pusey for speeding in his Porsche.

Richard Pusey the day after the horror Eastern Freeway crash. Picture: Michael Dodge/AAP
Richard Pusey the day after the horror Eastern Freeway crash. Picture: Michael Dodge/AAP

Ice-addled truck driver Mohinder Singh ploughed into the scene, killing all four officers while Pusey avoided injury because he was urinating away from the road.

Lynette Taylor, Glen Humphris, Kevin King and Joshua Prestney lost their lives.

Pusey's reaction was to return to the bloody crash site, take out his phone and start filming, zooming in on the injuries and faces of the officers and damaged vehicles.

"That is f***ing justice … That is f***ing amazing," Pusey said.

He described one of the dead officers as being "smashed" and said "you f***ing c***s, you c***s, I guess I'll be getting a f***ing Uber home, huh".

Other witnesses at the scene implored Pusey to help but instead he shrugged and said: "They're dead".

He pleaded guilty to outraging public decency based on the shocking comments and decision to film the tragic scene, and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

He remains in jail and did not make a bail application on Thursday.

Originally published as 'Traumatic': Porsche driver rips into press



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