Salim Mehajer loses bail attempt bid despite securing $100,000 surety

Salim Mehajer loses bail attempt bid despite securing $100,000 surety

Salim Mehajer loses bail attempt bid despite securing $100,000 surety

Updated 7 February 2018, 21:05 AEDT

The former Auburn deputy mayor loses another attempt to apply for bail after prosecutors dismissed his sister's offer of surety as "meagre" and denied newspaper stories about his behaviour behind bars jeopardised his security.

Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has lost another attempt to apply for bail despite coming up with $100,000 surety.

Mr Mehajer is in custody after being charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to defraud by allegedly staging a car crash last year to avoid a court hearing for assault charges.

Wearing prison greens, he appeared via video link in Burwood Local Court where his barrister Anthony Bellanto QC said his client should be granted leave to make a fresh bail application because since his last court appearance his circumstances have changed.

Mr Bellanto said Mr Mahajer's sister has recently agreed to provide $100,000 surety.

The barrister also referred to recent newspaper articles about Mr Mehajer's alleged behaviour in jail being distressing for him and a form of "extra-curial punishment".

Mr Bellanto said in one newspaper article, a former cellmate accused of jewellery theft labelled Mr Mehajer as too "feminine" to cope with jail and said he lounges half naked in his cell.

He said the article could have a devastating affect on Mr Mehajer's reputation with other inmates.

However crown prosecutor Lisa Robinson said the $100,000 surety on offer is "meagre" and the newspaper stories do nothing to jeopardise Mr Mehajer's security.

She told the court he is struggling with "a significant fall from what he is accustomed to" and "looking for a second bite of the cherry".

The magistrate said although the newspaper stories were intrusive, they do not warrant another bail application.

He refused to grant leave to apply for bail.

The court heard Mr Mahajer has at least seven separate court cases coming up in the next few months.