‘Something was wrong’ on day of crash, truck driver’s daughter tells court17th May 2021
Her father said he had to go back into work at the Connect Logistics depot after a night shift to attend a meeting to make sure he didn’t get fired, Ms Bajwa told the court under cross-examination from Mr Tuteru’s lawyer David Hallowes, SC.
“The way he was acting that day scared me and I thought he was going to kill someone if he drove,” she said.
“His eyes were racing, his pupils were bigger and he seemed pretty terrified and couldn’t stop speaking; he kept repeating himself.”
Ms Bajwa said she told her father to stay home, but he didn’t feel like he had a choice and would get fired if he didn’t show up. He was supposed to see a psychiatrist, Singh’s daughter told the court.
A statement tendered to court from Singh’s wife Amarjit Bajwa revealed Singh had told his wife that his employer had asked him to see a psychiatrist.
Singh’s wife received a call from her husband at 6pm on April 22. The collision occurred about half an hour earlier. He was panicking, she said.
“He said that he thought he might have killed two police officers,” she said.
She said she started shaking and couldn’t breathe, she put her phone down and her son and daughter held her.
“I just feel so sorry for the families of the police who were killed,” she said.
Singh’s wife, son and daughter told the court they had no idea he was using the drug ice.
Crown prosecutor Robyn Harper is prosecuting the case, which is before magistrate Luisa Bazzani this week. Committal hearings are used for a magistrate to assess whether the evidence against an accused was strong enough to proceed to a trial before a higher court.
Mr Hallowes told the court prosecutors planned to rely on Singh as a witness in the case and his “credibility and reliability” would be an issue that could form part of the cross-examination.
The committal hearing continues this week.
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