Mehajer wore a tight-fitting charcoal suit with his hair grown long and slicked back as he faced Parramatta District Court this afternoon.
The former Auburn deputy mayor had previously been found guilty of assaulting a taxi driver and reporter, and faced several charges related to drug supply, perverting the course of justice and making false statements.
His lawyer Zali Burrows sought changes to his bail conditions, which specified he could not leave the state of NSW or use a mobile phone, and had to have his mother reside at his Western Sydney home.
The requests were made on personal safety grounds.
Ms Burrows claimed the media had represented Mehajer as a “very unlikeable person”, and that his mother had “concerns for safety of staying at (his) house”.
The Crown consented to the change of Mehajer’s mother no longer having to reside at his home.
His younger sister, Mary, appeared in court alongside him to be cross-examined, wearing black-framed glasses, a skin-fitting black turtleneck and black wide-leg pants.
During cross-examination, Ms Mehajer said a landline and email would not be adequate methods for her family to communicate with her brother, saying “communication should be instant… and always available”.
The hearing will resume on May 28.
It comes just one day after Mehajer walked free from a remote NSW prison, where he spent 11 months for electoral fraud.
He was released from Cooma Correctional Centre yesterday.
Mehajer was found guilty in April 2018 of being part of a 2012 electoral fraud plot that helped put him on Auburn City Council.
While his time in prison may be over, Mehajer continues to be plagued by a series of legal woes he’s been fighting in court.
He’s also fighting allegations he staged a 2017 crash which saw his Mercedes AMG collide with another vehicle just before he was meant to appear in court.
Police say the 32-year-old orchestrated the crash in the western Sydney suburb of Lidcombe which left him in hospital.
Mehajer was charged in January last year with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud over the crash, in what has previously been described as a “premeditated scheme”.
He had nine days earlier insured his vehicle for $156,780 when its market value was between $95,000 and $125,000, police allege.
He was freed by firefighters and taken to Westmead Hospital, while his passenger and the occupants of the other vehicle — two women aged 31 and 32 — were uninjured.
Just last week, Mehajer was served with fresh charges over allegations he falsely nominated other people to take the fall for a series of speeding tickets in 2012 to 2013.
He was charged with four counts of making a false declaration and four counts of dealing in identification information.