Salim Mehajer Delivers Tale Of Woe In The Stand

The disgraced former Auburn deputy mayor is facing up to 10 years jail for vote rigging.

Salim Mehajer has delivered an extraordinary tale of regret and woe, taking to the stand before being sentenced for election fraud.

He told the court on Thursday he’s now been diagnosed as bipolar but always just wanted to gain the love of the community.

The disgraced former Auburn deputy mayor is facing up to 10 years jail for vote rigging.

"I'm very upset and I want to take this opportunity to give out a heartfelt apology. First to my family and the community of course and to law enforcers,” he said from the court dock.

"I may appear to be a hard shell but inside I'm hurt. I'm shattered.

"It's going to take some time to recover -– it’s been five years.”

Salim Mehajer arrives at Central Local Court, Sydney, Thursday June 14. Source: AAP

Asked directly about the electoral fraud which jettisoned him into the top council job, he said.

"I wasn't out to elect myself. I was heavily involved in community works, I always had a passion for giving back to the community

"I wanted to serve those in need, give back to community, in particular the youths.

"If I got in it was a bonus. I just wanted to gain the love in the community. I'm doing this for you in helping you hey? I want you to be on my side. On my team."

He went on to explain how he gathered his candidates for Auburn Council.

"I chose five friends because I wanted to be with my friends. Hanging out photos, posters together. That moral support. I didn't use them to gain votes, it was just about being with my friends. We all went to school, just finished school - carrying out that friendship.

"I could have easily got leaders in the local community area who would have (got) me votes.”

Instead he chose his school mates but today said that probably wasn’t the best decision.

"It's like choosing a rugby team… the players were so horrible... it was just for love.

“It was a big boys’game, it wasn’t for children. We were naive and silly and didn’t belong there.”

Mehajer shed a tear after talking about his mental issues.

The Commonwealth prosecutor asked him: "Prior to January this year did any member of your family suggest you need help?"

“At least five of my sisters. The wedding first of all was when they thought -- you have serious issues,” Mehajer said.

As for his future -- he revealed he’s now studying law and wants to have a family.

But ruled out ever running for public office again.