Disgraced Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer’s bail review is going to go down in history, according to a District Court judge.
The 32-year-old former Auburn deputy mayor is seeking variations to his bail conditions including permission to have one mobile phone and to use social media, in particular, Instagram.
Mehajer is fighting allegations he staged a 2017 crash in which his Mercedes AMG collided with another vehicle just before he was meant to appear in court over a taxi driver assault.
Salim Mehajer is seen leaving Burwood Court in Sydney, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING (AAP)
Mehajer was in Parramatta District Court today just over a week after he ended up back behind bars when his bail for fraud offences was revoked after he contacted a witness.
He was released the following day after telling a court he’d been so confused by his many bail obligations he didn’t realise he wasn’t allowed to contact certain witnesses.
The prosecution today tendered police body cam footage from Mehajer’s most recent arrest.
His barrister, Dymphna Hawkins, said Mehajer was unable to produce CCTV footage which allegedly showed him being approached by the witness he was prohibited from contacting.
But an expert was available to give testimony on the installation of the CCTV system and the lack of a fixed line telephone at Mehajer’s Lidcombe home, she said.
“This is going to go down in the record books … as the longest running such matter in the court’s history,” Judge James Bennett said before adjourning the matter to later today.
Mehajer was released from Cooma jail three weeks ago after serving 11 months for electoral fraud.