Salim Mehajer's Bid To Be Freed From Jail Before Christmas
Disgraced former property developer Salim Mehajer is trying desperately to gain a release from jail before Christmas.
Mehajer's solicitor has told the NSW Supreme Court that the 32-year-old's bipolar diagnosis had made his client 'delusional'.
Mehajer appeared via video link from Cooma Correctional Centre, and claimed the diagnosis explained his extravagant 2015 wedding that first saw him gain national attention.
The court heard Mehajer was in a state of 'hypermania' at the time of his wedding to his now ex-wife Aysha Learmonth which cost him a staggering $25 million.
The former Auburn deputy mayor is currently applying for bail on his 11-month conviction for election fraud.
Mehajer's defence counsel Michael Finnane admitted that while the bipolar diagnosis is very recent, it's impossible to determine how long it went undiagnosed.
'This man has a diagnosable mental illness,'
'There is no indication how far back this mental illness commenced.'
Crown prosecutor Jennifer Single disagreed that the wedding somehow proved the mental illness had existed when the election fraud took place.
The court also heard that Mehajer's offences behind bars have escalated in recent months.
Since his last bail application in August, Mehajer has committed nine offences, including the alleged assault of a police officer.
A 56-day penalty was imposed by the Cooma Correctional Centre governor - the highest that can be handed down before taking the matter to court.
Mehajer was silent for majority of the proceedings, but twice asked: 'May I interrupt?' only for Justice David Davies to reply 'no'.
A further appeal launched on Mehajer's behalf will contest his non-eligibility for Legal Aid funding for his legal costs, the court was told.