Jailed former councillor’s fall from grace

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MANY individuals would know Salim Mehajer as a failed Sydney councillor who got here to nationwide consideration together with his outrageously ostentatious wedding ceremony adopted by a collection of high-profile run-ins with the legislation.

To others he’s a property developer, an consideration seeker, a convicted fraudster, or the man within the leaked video threatening to rape his spouse’s mother and father if she doesn’t instantly name him.

However to his household, Mehajer, 32, has at all times been the “golden little one”, who has in recent times fallen a good distance from grace.

Mehajer was elected deputy mayor of Auburn council in 2012 but it surely wasn’t till his August 2015 wedding ceremony — which included a jet flyover, 4 helicopters, 50 motorbikes and $50 million value of supercars, and an unauthorised highway closure — that he shot to prominence.

The wedding, between Mehajer and Aysha Learmonth, has since dissolved. However to these conversant in Mehajer’s antics, that didn’t come as a shock. Simply 4 months after their wedding ceremony, Mehajer was charged with electoral fraud offences, in December 2015. And in February the next 12 months, he was sacked – together with all the Auburn council – for improper conduct. By April, Ms Learmonth had packed up and left their Lidcombe mansion, as rumours of a wedding cut up surfaced. The breakup was confirmed when Ms Learmonth took out an apprehended violence order (AVO) on Mehajer three months after leaving the house. The courtroom ordered Mehajer to not contact Ms Learmonth till the matter had been heard. Quickly after, a disturbing video emerged, exhibiting Mehajer berating Ms Learmonth over the cellphone.

“You f**king f**ked 12 guys you sl*t,” Mehajer mentioned into the digicam.

“I’m going to rape your mum. Your mum and your f**king dad.”

Mehajer was unable to remain out of bother or the highlight even on a later journey abroad. And in November 2016 he was arrested in Ibiza over an altercation with a taxi driver.

In April 2017, Mehajer was arrested in Darlinghurst for assaulting one other taxi driver — with an EFTPOS machine — exterior Sydney’s The Star on line casino. When he was launched from custody over that matter, he assaulted a Seven Newsreporter. Six months later, he allegedly staged a automobile crash on his approach to face courtroom on assault costs referring to the Sydney taxi driver. He was later charged with perverting the course of justice. He spent two months in jail earlier than being granted bail in April this 12 months. He was then despatched again behind bars for breaching bail situations by utilizing two cellphones.

Whereas in custody final month, Mehajer appeared in courtroom through videolink for sentencing in relation to a different matter. He had been convicted of intimidating his ex-wife, Ms Learmonth, through an Instagram message he despatched her the earlier 12 months, and was subsequently sentenced to an 18-month good behaviour bond. The AVO banning Mehajer, from contacting Ms Learmonth has been in place since 2016 and stays present.

However Mehajer’s stroke of excellent luck in avoiding prolonged jail sentences this week ran out after he was sentenced to a minimum of 11 months behind bars for rigging a council election.

The previous Auburn deputy mayor appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre Native Court docket on Friday after he was convicted in April of greater than 100 counts of electoral fraud.

A Sydney Justice of the Peace beforehand discovered Mehajer acted in a “joint legal enterprise” together with his sister Fatima to repair the 2012 Auburn Council elections by submitting false on-line functions to the Australian Electoral Fee (AEC) which positioned household who lived elsewhere within the voters so they might vote. It was that election which led to him turning into the deputy mayor. In handing down the sentence on Friday Justice of the Peace Beverley Schurr imposed a 21-month jail time period with a non parole interval of 11 months, on Mehajer.

“Solely a full custodial sentence is acceptable on this case,” Ms Schurr mentioned.

The courtroom heard that Mr Mehajer’s father, Mohamed Mehajer blamed himself for his son’s errors as a result of he had “spoiled him and handled him because the golden little one”.

But it surely seems the shine has since worn off, with Mehajer’s household left reeling by his more and more chaotic behaviour, which has made him an virtually each day fixture in Sydney’s courts.

And there’s no finish in sight. Eventually rely, Mehajer was at the moment embroiled in some 20 legal and civil issues, together with a number of assault instances and a spectacular chapter motion wherein collectors declare he owes $97 million. He’s additionally been pursued in courts for unpaid lease; unpaid renovation payments; unpaid authorized payments and a $25,000 unpaid cleansing invoice.

Only recently, he was declared bankrupt by the Federal Circuit Court docket in response to authorized motion over a $200,000 debt. An audit of the Auburn businessman’s property, obtained by Seven Information, later discovered he truly owes his collectors greater than $24 million.

Mehajer — who lower than three years in the past declared his intention to turn into Prime Minister — now seems to be set to lose his luxurious mansion.

Final week, his Sydney properties have been raided by about 10 investigators from the Australian Monetary Safety Authority (AFSA), together with members of NSW Police, forensic accountants and IT specialists.

The operation was carried out on the request of Mehajer’s chapter trustee Paul Weston of Pitcher Companions.

A spokesman for NSW Police instructed information.com.au its officers have been merely stopping a breach of the peace throughout the raids.

And that’s simply the tip of the iceberg.

— With AAP

megan.palin@information.com.au | @Megan_Palin

Supply hyperlink – https://www.information.com.au/finance/work/leaders/fall-from-grace-the-life-and-crimes-of-salim-mehajer/news-story/a607845375d3dc8ad1e0887aeae6ed6d

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