Richard Pusey to fight charges after allegedly putting noose around woman’s neck

The Porsche driver accused of filming a dying police officer after the fatal Eastern Freeway crash is set to fight separate charges over an incident in which he allegedly placed a noose around a woman's neck.

Richard Pusey is awaiting trial on driving charges and one count of outraging public decency over allegations he used his mobile phone to film the aftermath of a crash last year when four police officers were hit by a truck and killed.

Richard Pusey.

But Mr Pusey faces a new set of charges over allegations he threatened to kill a woman and put a noose around her neck on December 27 in Fitzroy.

Emergency services were called to a property late that night and police had to negotiate with Mr Pusey to get him off a roof.

Mr Pusey appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court, via video link from custody, on Friday. His lawyer said the 42-year-old intended to contest charges of reckless conduct endangering serious injury, unlawful imprisonment, assault and making a threat to kill.

Defence lawyer Chris McLennan said Mr Pusey and the woman were both affected by alcohol that night but he denied the alleged offending.

"He wasn't in a well state that night but he denies any assault," Mr McLennan said.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said there were witnesses who said they saw Mr Pusey put the noose around the woman.

Mr Pusey is also charged with using a carriage service to menace another person in 2019, criminal damage and an unrelated charge of unlawful assault.

Those charges are on top of the ones related to the Eastern Freeway crash before the County Court. Mr Pusey has been committed to stand trial over driving offences and one charge of outraging public decency. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege police were in the emergency lane of the Eastern Freeway in Kew and in the process of arresting Mr Pusey for driving offences when a truck hit the officers on April 22. Mr Pusey is alleged to have filmed one of the critically injured police officers and left the scene.

Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were killed in the crash.

Truck driver Mohinder Singh has pleaded guilty to four counts of culpable driving causing death and is in custody awaiting a plea hearing.

Mr Rozencwajg remanded Mr Pusey in custody to next appear in court for a contest mention hearing on March 9.

Mr Pusey's trial on the driving and outraging public decency charges will be held at a later date.

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