Salim Mejaher was 'so confused' about his bail conditions that he 'accidentally phoned a witness' ahead of yet another court case
Salim Mehajer (pictured), 32, found himself back behind bars on Monday for allegedly breaching one of the strict bail conditions granted following his release from Cooma Prison in May.
A fed-up Judge James Bennett had no interest in seeing the photo, telling Ms Burrows he'd made it clear to Mehajer that he was to be in court. Judge Bennett warned the matter would be stood down until 2pm today but if he did not show up a warrant would be issued for his arrest.
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Salim Mehajer has failed to appear in court this morning on charges including perverting the course of justice following an allegedly staged car crash in 2017.
His lawyer told Parramatta District Court today he was in Fairfield Hospital seeing a specialist after breaking his hand.
She offered to show a photograph of the cast on his right arm that he had sent her.
Judge James Bennett said the matter would be stood down until 2pm today but if he did not show up a warrant would be issued for his arrest.
Outside court Solicitor Zali Burrows asked reporters not to call the former Auburn Deputy Mayor disgraced, rather “misguided”.
She said he would plead not guilty later.
Mehajer's co-accused, Rafi Noori, was present in court and pleaded not guilty to helping stage the crash involving Mehajer's Mercedes, which saw the former councillor taken to hospital just before he was due to appear in court over a taxi driver assault.
Does my bum look big in this, officer? Astonishing moment Salim Mehajer makes police WAIT for him to pick out an outfit, moisturise his face and spray his hair during arrest.
Two officers, one wearing a body camera, arrived at his Lidcombe home on June 3 and accused the Sydney identity of emailing a witness in breach of bail conditions set by police. The vision, played in the Parramatta District Court on Thursday, shows Mehajer deny he contacted Hassan Kanj before asking if he'll be allowed to get changed out of the track pants he's wearing.