Salim’s nightmare week continues


Wearing a sharp navy suit at Parramatta District Court this morning, the convicted fraudster took notes as he faced three charges relating to his alleged car crash scam in October 2017.

He is facing one count each of making a false statement on oath amounting to perjury, publishing false or misleading material to obtain advantage, and false representation resulting in police investigation.

The October 2017 crash wrote off Mehajer’s $100,000 4WD Mercedes and took place on the same day he was due in court to face a charge of assaulting a taxi driver in April 2017 at Sydney’s The Star casino.

Salim Mehajer appeared at Parramatta District Court this morning. Picture: AAP Image/Steven SaphoreSource:AAP

He was seen being taken to Westmead Hospital in a neck brace after the collision at the intersection of Nicholas and Delhi streets, not far from his Lidcombe home.

Emergency services, including paramedics, police and firefighters, all rushed to the scene.

The prosecution in court today said: “It’s the Crown’s position that the accused staged the crash to pervert the course of justice.”

Mehajer has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, and he will stand trial in June.

His co-accused, Rafi Noori, faced court in Parramatta today. He has also pleaded not guilty to helping stage the crash.

In July, two conspirators in the scam, Fakaha Malinda Moufferrige and her husband Elias Moufferrige, were sentenced for their involvement.

The court heard Fakaha “had the glitter of gold in her eyes” when she was offered $10,000 to ram her car into Mehajer’s Mercedes.

Each pleaded guilty to dishonestly destroying or damaging property for financial gain and to negligent driving; Mr Moufferrige as an accessory before the fact of the driving charge.

Elias Moufferrige received a two-year prison sentence. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito

Elias Moufferrige received a two-year prison sentence. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan EspositoSource:AAP

Fakaha Moufferrige was jailed for a year and three months. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito

Fakaha Moufferrige was jailed for a year and three months. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan EspositoSource:AAP

Elias Moufferrige received a two-year prison sentence and Fakaha Moufferrige a one year and three months prison sentence, but the couple are serving their time in the community on intensive corrections orders.

Judge Andrew Colefax ordered Elias Moufferrige to carry out 500 hours community service and Fakaha Moufferrige 300 hours.

Elias’ brother Michael Moufferrige pleaded guilty in March to a single charge of dishonestly damaging property for financial gain relating to the crash.

Nora Anne Bush pleaded guilty to the same charge and one count each of negligent driving and making a false call for ambulance services.

Nora Anne Bush pleaded guilty to dishonestly damaging property for financial gain. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito

Nora Anne Bush pleaded guilty to dishonestly damaging property for financial gain. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan EspositoSource:AAP

His lawyer, Zali Burrows, made an application to change the address on her client’s bail conditions, which was granted. There is a suppression order on the address.

Yesterday, Mehajer represented himself without a lawyer at Burwood Local Court as he appeared to face three driving charges.

He is charged with not stopping at a red arrow, not turning left from a multi-lane road, and driver using a mobile phone when not permitted.

He pleaded not guilty to the three offences, which police allege all took place on September 12 at Lidcombe.

The court appearances come days after Mehajer threw a lavish party at Sydney Harbour for his girlfriend Melissa Tysoe’s 30th birthday.

Mehajer (left) holding a suspected replica gun at the weekend’s party. Picture: Instagram

Mehajer (left) holding a suspected replica gun at the weekend’s party. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram

In pictures and videos from the event, Mehajer and other men appeared to pose with sawn-off “shotguns” in social media pictures. It is not known if the guns were real or replica.

NSW Police said it was “aware of the photo and is conducting inquiries” but did not say what effect it might have on Mehajer’s bail or parole.

Mehajer is due back in court in Parramatta tomorrow morning.

He faces two counts of possessing prohibited drug, one of supplying prohibited drug, negligent driving, requesting or making a false call for ambulance, not stopping at a line and not keeping left of a dividing line.

— with Candace Sutton



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