Japanese Freeway tragedy: Mohinder Singh tells courtroom he raised ‘witch’ concern with boss Simona Tuteru

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A truckie who killed 4 cops in a horror crash has instructed a courtroom his former boss urged him to drive regardless of fears he’d been “cursed by a witch”.

Mohinder Singh was referred to as to provide proof at a pre-sentence listening to for Simiona Tuteru within the Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday.

Singh is serving an 18 12 months and 6 month sentence for culpable driving inflicting the loss of life of Main Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, First Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney.

Tuteru, his former boss at Join Logistics, has pleaded responsible to a cost of failing to adjust to a security obligation beneath the Heavy Car Nationwide Regulation that uncovered people to danger of loss of life or severe damage.

The Japanese Freeway crash, which occurred on April 22, 2020, was the one best lack of life in Victoria Police’s historical past.

Singh instructed the courtroom he was despatched residence the day earlier than the crash after complaining to a distinct supervisor, Steve Harrison, he hadn’t been sleeping and was drained.

The next day, he mentioned he requested to return in and converse with Tuteru.

“I wished to see Simon about it as a result of I knew he was a pastor at a church,” he mentioned.

“I hadn’t had any sleep, I used to be seeing issues … I assumed I had been cursed by a witch.”

Singh mentioned he drove in at 3.30pm telling Tuteru he was fatigued and believed a feminine hitchhiker he’d beforehand picked up had positioned a curse on him.

He claimed Tuteru searched his automotive for about 10 minutes earlier than blessing him as a result of “witches go away issues behind like voodoo dolls or hair”.

“I can’t keep in mind all of the phrases. In the long run he mentioned I solid the spell out of you,” Singh mentioned.

“After that he mainly mentioned you’re proper now … I simply wanted you to do one load and see how you’re feeling after that.”

The sleep-deprived man claimed he didn’t wish to drive however was involved about dropping his job.

“I didn’t inform him I didn’t wish to drive as a result of he’s the boss, I suppose,” he mentioned.

“I ought to have instructed him.”

The courtroom was instructed Singh had very restricted sleep within the days previous the crash and had been taking a “appreciable” quantity of medication, together with methamphetamine.

After cross-examination from Tuteru’s barrister, David Hallowes SC, Singh agreed his reminiscence had been impacted within the days surrounding the crash by drug use and fatigue.

However he maintained his reminiscence of approaching Tuteru and telling him he was fatigued and “didn’t wish to drive” was clear.

“I keep in mind all the pieces about it … it stands out in my thoughts,” he mentioned.

“I nonetheless relive the entire thing in my head day-after-day. I can’t eliminate it.”

Mr Hallowes steered Singh was making an attempt to “reduce your blame” by shifting accountability to Tuteru – which Singh flatly denied.

“There’s no cause for me to lie, I’ve already been sentenced,” he mentioned.

“I made that assertion as a result of my lawyer instructed me to co-operate with police to the fullest.”

The 4 officers had been killed when Singh fell asleep on the wheel and collided with two police vehicles and a Porsche at Kew.

The officers had pulled over Richard Pusey for driving his Porsche at 149km/h and had been standing in an emergency lane when Singh’s truck crashed.

Pusey, who escaped being struck as a result of he was urinating off the highway, was later jailed for 10 months after filming the dying officers.

The listening to, earlier than Justice James Elliot, continues.