Indian-Origin Truck Driver Jailed For Deaths Of 4 Australian Cops: Report.

Indian-Origin Truck Driver Jailed For 22 Years Over Deaths Of 4 Australian Cops: Report

Mohinder Singh ploughed his heavy vehicle into Australian cops, killing 4 of them (Representational)

Melbourne:

A 48-year-old Indian-origin drug-affected and sleep deprived truck driver was jailed today for 22 years for ploughing his heavy vehicle into Australian police officers and killing four of them last year on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway, according to media reports.

Mohinder Singh was sentenced in Victoria's Supreme Court after pleading guilty to four counts of culpable driving causing death, three charges of trafficking a drug of dependence, and one charge of possession of a drug of dependence.

Singh was fatigued and drug-affected. He stopped on his route to do a drug deal, before veering into the emergency lane of the freeway in Kew and ploughing his 19-tonne prime mover into officers and their stationary vehicles on April 22 last year, Australia's The Age newspaper reported.

Constable Lynette Taylor, senior constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney died at the scene, The Guardian reported.

Singh was jailed for 22 years, with a non-parole period of 18 year and six months, the report said.

Justice Paul Coghlan said the crash had shocked the public conscience and described footage of the incident as chilling.

The grief of those close to the victims is profound and life-changing, Justice Coghlan told the court.

Such grief is heightened by the sudden and unnecessary nature of the deaths. We can only hope ... as time goes by, some amelioration of their suffering can come about.

He was "actively psychotic" as he claimed he had seen a witch before killing the officers in the crash.

The officers had pulled over Porsche driver Richard Pusey for allegedly speeding at the time. Multiple CCTV cameras showed footage of Singh "repeatedly drifting" into the emergency lane of the freeway before the crash, 9news.com reported.

Singh's reckless driving was observed by other motorists, with one witness saying: "He's going to...kill someone."

Singh was an ice user who, investigators estimate, had rested only five of the 72 hours before the crash and spent much of those three days dealing and using drugs with associates when not driving, The Age reported.

The heartbroken families of the four fallen police officers say "no amount of punishment" can ease the grief they feel over losing their loved ones, it said.

Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said police would commemorate the anniversary in services next week and one later this year that would be open to the public given the overwhelming support shown to the force from the community.

The tragedy, he said, was a reminder of the daily risks police faced performing their duties. That's not lost on us, he said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Biden considers enlisting private groups to surveil 'domestic terrorists' online.

Biden considers enlisting private groups to surveil 'domestic terrorists' online.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, reacts to report White House could team up with big tech to 'trample on First Amendment' on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #FoxNews #Tucker Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News ...

UK hosts first G7 world leaders meeting since start of COVID-19 pandemic.

UK hosts first G7 world leaders meeting since start of COVID-19 pandemic.

G7 foreign ministers convene in London for the first face-to-face meeting in two years. The meeting runs on the 4th and 5th May 2021, with possible bilats and dinners on the 3rd. Read more: Britain will lead the world in creating a vaccine passpor...

Live: Mexico City rail overpass collapses, killing 20 & injuring 49.

Live: Mexico City rail overpass collapses, killing 20 & injuring 49.

Twenty people were killed and 49 hurt when an overpass carrying Mexico City metro train cars partially collapsed on to a road on Monday night, authorities said. From Brexit breaking news to HD movie trailers, The Sun newspaper brings you the lates...

This project could be worth billions. But there's a hidden cost

This project could be worth billions. But there's a hidden cost

CNN's David McKenzie journeys to ReconAfrica's remote exploratory wells in Namibia and speaks with local farmers who are afraid the rigs will poison their scarce water and kill their animals. Read CNN's full report here: #CNNI #CNN #News

India: Situation is 'heart breaking' - Truss

India: Situation is 'heart breaking' - Truss

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has told Sky News India's oxygen shortage is an 'immediate' crisis as the country passes 20m COVID cases. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow u...

Starmer on India crisis and 'that' clash with pub landlord.

Starmer on India crisis and 'that' clash with pub landlord.

The Labour leader has told Sky News the Government must do more "where they can" in helping India's COVID crisis. Sir Keir Starmer also discussed the exchange he had with an angry pub landlord in Bath saying he "profoundly disagreed" with his view...