Truck driver set to plead guilty over deaths of four police on freeway
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The truck driver involved in the Eastern Freeway crash is expected to plead guilty to culpable driving causing the death of four police officers.
Dozens of charges laid against Mohinder Singh were withdrawn in court on Thursday as his lawyer indicated his client was likely to plead guilty to the remaining charges.
Mohinder Singh.Credit:Nine News
The remaining charges include four counts of culpable driving causing death, dealing with the proceeds of crime, possessing a drug of dependence and trafficking methamphetamine and cannabis.
"It's very desirable, for the sake of Mr Singh and for the families of the decease, to indicate he is pleading guilty", Mr Singh's lawyer Peter Morrissey told the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
The case will now move to the Supreme Court which meant Mr Singh was not able to enter a formal plea on Thursday.
Mr Singh was initially charged with four counts of culpable driving causing death in the days after the April 22 crash.
One of the police cars being removed from the scene of the Eastern Freeway crash. Credit:Eddie Jim
Police charged him with 33 extra offences in August. On Thursday, prosecutor Jason Ong withdrew 27 charges.
During the brief committal mention in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, Mr Singh appeared via video link wearing a green jumper and with buzz-cut hair. He did not speak throughout the proceedings.
The case will next return to court on December 3.
Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were killed on on the Eastern Freeway in Kew on April 22.
Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Josh Prestney, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Glen Humphris were killed in the Eastern Freeway collision.
The four officers were in the emergency lane preparing to arrest Porsche driver Richard Pusey, who had allegedly been caught speeding.
In a statement released by his lawyer in the days after the crash, Mr Singh was said to be "genuinely sorry and saddened that four people have lost their lives as a result of the collision".
"He is acutely aware of the impact upon the families, friends and work colleagues of those that lost their lives."
On August 1 Frankston man Simiona Tuteru, 49, a manager at trucking company Connect Logistics, was arrested and charged with four counts of manslaughter in connection to the crash.
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