Salim Mehajer Dumps Appeal After Threat Of More Jail Time
The threat of more jail time has finally led disgraced Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer to ditch an appeal over electoral fraud crimes.
The former Auburn deputy mayor, 32, had been running an appeal against his 11-month minimum term for trying to influence a local government election ever since he was sentenced in June 2018.
But that attempt was abandoned on Wednesday after District Court Judge Helen Symes said she found the initial sentence "very moderate indeed".
She also suggested the Crown could apply to have Mehajer's jail term increased.
Mehajer, who once went on national television to declare his desire to become prime minister, was found guilty in 2018 over a plot to enrol 77 voters ahead of the Auburn City Council election in 2012.
Mehajer was elected and later became deputy mayor.
During his appeal process, he has unsuccessfully tried four times to be released on bail.
Judge Syme on Wednesday noted a third of Mehajer's 77 offences relate to using forged documents, an offence that carries a maximum jail term of 10 years if sentenced in a higher court.
Mehajer's lawyer had argued his minimum term should be reduced so he could begin psychiatric treatment outside jail before his scheduled release.
But the Crown said he was "constantly" assessed inside prison.
Judge Syme said the fact Mehajer was not receiving the psychological assistance or medication that he thought was appropriate "is neither here nor there".
"I have no criticism at all of Corrective Services' supervision or assistance to Mr Mehajer," she said.
The 32-year-old is due for conditional release on May 21. His full jail term expires in March 2020.