Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has told a Sydney court that he fears he will end up without a job if he is forced to comply with his current bail conditions.
Mr Mehajer is charged with breaching an apprehended violence order taken out by his former wife Aysha Learmonth, as well as a driving offence.
Today he asked a Magistrate at Burwood Local Court to scrap his curfew and the conditions that he reports to police, which he is currently required to do three times a week.
Mr Mehajer also wanted to be able to travel to Queensland and Victoria for work and to use a second mobile phone for his job as a building manager of a Lidcombe apartment block.
Under questioning by a police prosecutor, it emerged that Mr Mehajer was 90 minutes late reporting to police earlier this month, due to a problem with the gate at the home where he is living.
When it was suggested that he could have jumped the fence and caught a taxi, Mr Mehajer said, “It’s actually about three metres high.”
The prosecutor also asked him why he had failed to answer the door, when police attended the home on December 2 and repeatedly rang the doorbell.
“It may have been ringing but I was possibly in the shower,” Mr Mehajer said.
It was put to Mr Mehajer, that he did not need to travel interstate to oversee work by tradesmen because this could be delegated to someone else.
“You may as well take away my job,” he replied.
Magistrate Joy Boulos said Mr Mehajer would have known the requirements of his job when his own lawyers put forward the existing bail conditions, which she had accepted.
“I see no reason whatsoever to depart from the original bail,” she said.
The AVO matter is one of a number of court cases Mr Mehajer is currently dealing with.
On Monday, he appeared at the Downing Centre Local court for the resumption of an electoral fraud case, relating to the 2012 Auburn Council elections.
The magistrate was expected to hear closing submissions in that case, but it was adjourned until February.