The killer truck driver who crashed into four police officers on the Eastern Freeway will be behind bars for at least 18½ years.
Mohinder Singh, 47, beat and killed police officers Lynette Taylor, Glen Humphris, Josh Prestney and Kevin King on April 22 after putting his truck on the emergency lane the police were standing on.
Singh, who has been in custody since the April 22, 2020 crash, can be released on parole 17 years and six months after spending the past year in prison.
Justice Coghlan said the « terrifying » footage showing the final moments of the four police officers’ lives revealed « they had no hope ».
« Her death is completely unnecessary and should have been avoided, » said Judge Coghlan on Wednesday morning before the Supreme Court.
« You caused your death, » he said to Singh, who heard his verdict from the Dock of Court Five.
Justice Coghlan said many Victorians would remember the horror events of April 22nd – the Victoria Police’s darkest day.
« You will remember the reports on the evening news … these are events that shocked the public conscience, » said Justice Coghlan.
« The unnecessary loss of the lives of four policemen simply doing their duty is a matter of great grief and regret in the community. »
Justice Coghlan said the grief of the relatives of the fallen officers was « profound and life-changing ».
« (That grief) is compounded by the sad and unnecessary nature of the deaths, » said his honor.
Justice Coghlan carefully described Singh’s « inexplicable » behavior in the days leading up to the night of the crash.
The court heard that Singh was sleepless, addicted to drugs and paranoid because he was persecuted by a witch.
Nevertheless, the father of two continued to sit behind the wheel of the truck, although he admitted to colleagues that he had « nodded off » during the journey.
A witness who saw Singh hours before the crash said: « I have never seen anyone use drugs.
« He hadn’t slept in eight days and he fell asleep … even though he never actually slept ».
CCTV footage along the Eastern Freeway showed Singh’s refrigerated delivery van repeatedly drifting into the emergency lanes and turning over the lanes without indicating prior to the fatal crash.
A witness who drove near the truck remarked to his mother, « This guy is going to kill someone. »
The families of the fallen officers visited the Victoria Supreme Court to see Judge Paul Coghlan deliver his verdict.
Earlier this month, grieving relatives stood before Singh in court to read bold testimony of the victims’ impact, describing the day his « selfish » actions changed their lives forever.
Singh pleaded guilty to four cases of culpable driving resulting in death and three charges of trafficking in a drug of addiction and one charge of possession of a drug of addiction.
The court had previously heard that Singh had drug deals in between deliveries – and raised concerns that his state would drive to his boss just an hour before the fatal crash.
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