It's been a busy morning in Sydney's courts for Salim Mehajer as three matters involving the controversial Auburn deputy mayor were simultaneously mentioned across the city.
Wearing a dark blue suit and accompanied by his new wife Aysha, the 29-year-old fronted Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to driving a Ferrari without a licence at Punchbowl in Sydney's south-west on October 24.
Police say Mehajer was initially pulled over around 10.50pm that night and issued two traffic offences.
However, just 25 minutes later, he was allegedly stopped again after ignoring police instructions not to drive and was issued with a field court attendance notice.
Mehajer was questioned by Registrar David Trotter on Wednesday over his decision to continue driving the Ferrari, which has the number plate 00-B055 (as in BOSS), after being pulled over on Canterbury Road.
"You were told it was unregistered but you drove it anyway," Mr Trotter said.
"Yes," Mehajer replied.
Outside court, Mehajer told reporters he "absolutely" should remain in his position of deputy mayor.
His appearance came as another court in Sydney heard the legal battle over his lavish staircase had been settled.
Director of marble supply company Marmonyx Stone, Yashar Shokrgozar, accused Mehajer of failing to pay for the installation of the onyx staircase in the 29-year-old's western Sydney home.
Mr Shokrgozar previously said he was proud of the staircase, which recently featured in a video clip of US rapper Bow Wow.
During a brief mention of the matter on Wednesday, Mehajer's lawyer said he was "pleased to advise the court that the matter has settled".
However, the court heard Mehajer was facing another legal headache with cleaner Anping Yan suing over alleged outstanding debts by the deputy mayor.
Registrar Michael McTegg advised Mr Yan, who was self-represented, to organise a translator when the matter returns next month.
That matter involving traffic will return in February.
The councillor first made headlines for his show-stopping August wedding.
In September he was re-elected despite concerns about a potential conflict between his position on the council and his property interests.
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