A “shattered” truck driver who killed four police officers on a Melbourne freeway has apologised to their families in court.
Mohinder Singh was sleep-deprived and drug-affected when he crashed a 19-tonne semi-trailer into the officers impounding a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway last April.
Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney died.
“There’s no real way of saying it but he’s very sorry,” Singh’s barrister Peter Morrissey told a pre-sentence hearing in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Friday.
“Mr Singh was instantly shattered by what he did. But he’s not getting away with anything here – he’s facing the music.
“His remorse is palpable, sustained and authentic.”
Singh admitted to other police who arrived at the crash scene he hadn’t been fit to work that day.
“Tell the families I swear to God I didn’t mean to hurt them. It was a really big accident,” he said.
“I’ve got nothing against police.”
The 48-year-old has pleaded guilty to four counts of culpable driving causing death, three counts of drug trafficking and one count of drug possession.
Singh had been using and trafficking drugs and had very little sleep in the lead up to the crash, the court was told.
That morning, he had been “talking nonsense” about being chased by witches.
“I had never seen anyone as drug f***ed in my life,” a witness said.
Mr Morrissey asked Justice Paul Coghlan to “mix justice with mercy and clemency” in punishing Singh.
He also thanked Victoria Police on behalf of the Singh family for conducting a fair and balanced investigation.
Singh had spoken of “parallel worlds” and “opening doors to parallel worlds” to forensic psychiatrist Andrew Carroll.
His drug use and propensity for impulsivity led him to get behind the wheel that day, Mr Carroll said.
“Overall he’s a man who struggles to navigate the world successfully,” the psychiatrist said.
The Eastern Freeway crash marked Victoria Police’s worst loss of life in a single incident.
Singh will be sentenced on April 14.