Salim Mehajer Convicted Over Domestic Violence Offence
The controversial developer received an 18-month good behaviour bond for intimidating his ex-wife via email.
What you need to know
- Salim Mehajer appeared in court on Thursday via video link from jail after breaching an AVO on Friday
- The magistrate sentenced Mehajer to an 18-month good behaviour bond, saying it was a domestic violence offence that would not be tolerated by the community
- It's the latest sorry chapter in their relationship's tragic decline, since the couple burst onto the public scene with their over-the-top wedding in August 2015
The implosion of the Salim and Aysha Mehajer love story has landed the controversial developer another conviction, this time for intimidating his ex-wife, after sending her 400 emails.
Magistrate Jacqueline Trad said while they contained no actual threat of violence, this was a domestic violence offence.
"There was a clear message being sent through this conduct to indicate a certain amount of menace in relation to the accused being able to know what the victim was doing and when the victim was doing it,” the magistrate told Burwood Local Court on Thursday.
Lawyers for the former Auburn deputy mayor said there was no risk of re-offending because he was with someone new.
“He has moved on, he is planning a future with his new partner,” defence lawyer Zali Burrows said.
But police argued his victim, who now goes by her maiden name Aysha Learmonth, still had considerable fears regarding any future contact with Mehajer.
The controversial developer appeared via video link from jail after breaching an Apprehended Violence Order on Friday. Dressed in prison greens, he smiled when the magistrate sentenced him to an 18-month good behaviour bond.
The magistrate said this was a domestic violence offence, and the community expected it would not be tolerated.
It's the latest sorry chapter in the couple's relationship decline, since they burst onto the public scene with their over-the-top wedding in August 2015.
As part of his strict and lengthy bail conditions, the 31 year old was not allowed to use social media or more than one phone.
Then last week he was arrested and back before Bankstown Court, where he lost his freedom once more after police provided video of him using two phones.
Police also said he was trying to intimidate his ex-wife when he posted to his Instagram followers vision of him pointing at a tattoo, believed to be of Aysha, then saying "R.I.P".