Salim Mehajer Given Good Behaviour Bond For Intimidating Ex
Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer has been handed an 18-month good behaviour bond for intimidating his ex-wife when he emailed and messaged her in 2017.
Magistrate Jacqueline Trad at Burwood Local Court on Thursday recorded a conviction against the 31-year-old after finding him guilty in April.
Mehajer, who was returned to custody late last week after breaching his bail conditions for separate charges, appeared in court via video link.
Mehajer's lawyer claimed the former Auburn Deputy Mayor had been acting like a "sick puppy" trying to reconcile with his ex-wife when he intimidated her by sending unwanted messages but that he posed no risk of reoffending as he had "moved on" with a new girlfriend.
Originally, Local Court Magistrate Jacqueline Trad had rejected Mehajer's "confusing" and "self- serving" evidence that he hadn't sent certain emails and an Instagram message to Ms Learmonth.
Mehajer's lawyer Zali Burrows said he was like a "sick puppy hoping [to]... reconcile" with his ex wife but he has now "moved on" and is "planning a future with his new partner".
Ms Burrows tendered a letter in court from Mehajer's new girlfriend in support of her contention he had no interest in contacting his former wife and posed no risk of reoffending.
Magistrate Trad said Mehajer's new girlfriend provided "no expertise other than being acquainted with the accused and reporting what he has told her"
Magistrate Trad convicted Mehajer of intimidation and placed him on an 18-month good behaviour bond.
"This is an allegation of domestic violence. It is a charge of intimidate," she said.
"A conviction is not only appropriate but necessary in the circumstances."