Salim Mehajer Found Guilty Of Intimidating Estranged Wife
Controversial former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been found guilty of intimidating his ex-wife.
Magistrate Jacqueline Trad rejected Mehajer's "confusing" and "self-serving" evidence that he hadn't sent his ex-wife Aysha Learmonth emails and Instagram messages, finding him guilty of intimidation but dismissed another charge of contravening an apprehended violence order.
The property developer suggested Ms Learmonth may have used his phone to send the 5am Instagram message from his account in November 2017, telling Burwood Local Court she'd continued to email and message him after she moved out in 2016.
Mehajer also claimed Learmonth was "flirtatious" during social gatherings at his home, however Ms Learmonth previously told the court she hadn't contacted Mehajer since leaving him and setting up a new business.
"I'd made every effort to have no contact with Salim whatsoever and having that business was the first time I'd put myself back into life basically, where he would know where I was," she said.
The magistrate said that the evidence of defence witness Mohammed Ghanem appeared contrived after Mr Ghanem told the court he'd seen Ms Learmonth twice at Mehajer's Lidcombe home.
He claimed he arrived at the front door to see her and Mehajer "making love" on the couch. He later claimed that they were "having dry sex".
The magistrate found it interesting Ghanem was able to give quite a detailed account of the alleged interaction before he had even gotten through the front door.
The matter is due to return to court on May 17 with Mehajer to be sentenced at a later date.