Salim Mehajer arrives at the Downing Centre court in Sydney on Wednesday.
Salim Mehajer arrives at the Downing Centre court in Sydney on Wednesday. DAVID MOIR

Mehajer pleads not guilty to assaulting taxi driver, reporter

FLASHY former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has pleaded not guilty to robbing and assaulting a taxi driver and assaulting a TV journalist earlier this month.

Mr Mehajer, 30, appeared yesterday at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court, where lawyer Mahmoud Abbas entered a plea of not guilty to four offences.

Mr Mehajer has been charged with larceny over allegedly stealing cab driver Nazir Syed's $1500 black iPhone. He also faces a charge of recklessly destroying another apple iPhone belonging to Chiara lisciotto and two assault charges, for allegedly throwing an Eftpos terminal machine at Mr Syed and later in the day allegedly assaulting Channel 7 reporter Laura Banks.

The case was adjourned for mention on June 9.

Mr Mehajer gained notoriety in August 2015 with his lavish wedding to his since- estranged wife, Aysha.

It involved four helicopters, a cavalcade of luxury sports cars and a jet flyover, shutting down Frances St in Lidcombe and enraging residents.

Mr Mehajer was subsequently fined $220 by his own council for failing to get authorisation to close the street.

He is also due to face court next month charged with electoral fraud, related to the alleged rigging of the 2012 Auburn City Council ballot.

In January last year, he was suspended from the council for four months after failing to disclose his financial interest in a property when voting on changes that lifted its value. The Daily Telegraph



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