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Mehajer marks 33rd birthday in court

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Disgraced Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer has spent his birthday in court as he appeals the severity of his sentence for negligent driving and contravening an apprehended violence order issued to protect his ex-wife.

The now 33-year-old was slapped with a 12-month community correction order and $650 in fines in Burwood Local Court in February over the offences.

Agreed facts reveal Mehajer pulled up in a white Audi outside his ex-wife Aysha Learmonth's Kingsgrove home after midnight as her friend was waiting to pick her up in November 2017.

When Ms Learmonth left her home and saw the car, she told her friend to leave, and fled back inside to call triple zero because she suspected it was Mehajer.

Her friend drove off, but when she attempted to return, Mehajer used his car to block her path and subsequently the vehicles collided 300 metres from his ex-wife's home.

Four days after he was sentenced earlier this year, Mehajer applied to appeal his penalty on the grounds it was too severe.

The former Auburn deputy mayor on Wednesday appeared in Parramatta District Court where his barrister, Dymphna Hawkins, had the appeal hearing adjourned to July 18 so a report could be prepared by a Sydney doctor.

The court heard Mehajer had missed his initial appointment with the doctor - scheduled for June 3 - because he was arrested that day for breaching his local court bail for traffic fraud offences

Judge James Bennett agreed to adjourn the matter but issued a stern warning to Ms Hawkins that all reports her client intended to rely needed to be served on the prosecution one week before the upcoming hearing.

"So that there's no further delay in the many sets of proceedings that are before this court concerning Mr Mehajer," he said.

© AAP 2019