Questions Raised Over Doctor Named On Mehajer's Med Cert
Questions have been raised over the doctor named on the medical certificate that saw Salim Mehajer's assault trials postponed until next year.
The controversial former Auburn deputy mayor was involved in a car accident in Lidcombe on Monday while on his way to a week of court appearances and was cut from his white Mercedes by emergency responders.
Footage later showed Mr Mehajer in a neck brace as he was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment where, the court heard, he was given morphine for neck pain and discharged later that afternoon.
On Tuesday, Mr Mehajer's lawyer Magmoud Abbas successfully applied to have his client's trials delayed until 2018 as a result of the accident.
But police prosecutor Amin Assaad told the court that despite trying to contact the doctor listed on Mr Mehajer's medical certificate on "at least five occasions", they had yet to speak to him.
"We can't establish contact with that doctor," he said. "The number on the medical certificate is that same number that's listed publicly.
"It's probably a busy morning."
Nonetheless, Mr Assaad did not oppose Mr Abbas' application, saying he took the document at face value and had no issue with the trial dates being rescheduled for January 31 and February 19.
Mr Mehajer was facing a number of court appearances this week, including a two-day trial for the alleged assault of a taxi driver outside The Star casino in early April.
He was also due to appear on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a Channel Seven journalist outside Sydney City police station and, later in the week,to face two commercial disputes.
NSW Police confirmed on Tuesday that "investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the collision".