Disgraced property developer Salim Mehajer was set to admit to allegations he asked his sisters to contact the glamorous ex-girlfriend who had accused him of domestic violence, a court has heard.
Parramatta Local Court heard on Tuesday he was prepared to plead guilty to one count of contravening an apprehended domestic violence order before proceedings hit a snag.
Mr Mehajer faces five counts of breaching the interim order granted on behalf of Melissa Tysoe late last year, with the alleged offences coming while he was behind bars.
The Lidcombe man was first charged with breaching the order on December 30 before four additional counts were added in late January.
Documents tendered to Parramatta Local Court accuse the 34-year-old of attempts to pressure Ms Tysoe, 31, into dropping the allegations against him.
The order – which prevents Mr Mehajer from contacting, approaching, threatening or assaulting his ex – was granted on December 23 amid an investigation into domestic violence claims.
At an earlier court hearing on January 7 the former Auburn deputy mayor blamed his sisters for acting of their own accord because they “felt sorry” for him.
He has been on remand at Silverwater jail since November.
This week the western Sydney man’s new lawyer Mohommed Bazzi told the court: “I can confirm, Your Honour, I have received instructions to enter a plea of guilty (to one count of) contravene AVO.”
Mr Bazzi, however, was unable to formally enter the plea after learning there was another four counts before the court.
The police prosecutor was also not aware of the extra charges, the court heard, and the matter was adjourned for two weeks for Mr Bazzi to seek further instructions from Mr Mehajer.
Mr Bazzi hoped pleas could be entered at the next court date on March 9.
Police allege Mr Mehajer asked his sisters Zenah Osman and Mary Mehajer in separate phone calls to convince Ms Tysoe to “remove” the AVO.
Court documents allege he spoke in English and Arabic in the phone conversations from prison on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 – with the calls recorded by Corrective Services.
“Can you speak with the one, for her not to make problems for me?” Mr Mehajer allegedly asked Ms Mehajer in one call.
“Tell her to remove it … can she remove it? If she removes it … it can be removed.”
Mr Mehajer remains in custody after being refused bail on several matters, including domestic violence charges laid in January.
He has indicated pleas of not guilty to those charges in Burwood Local Court.