Mehajer needs lawyer to get doctor before sentencing

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Salim Mehajer needs a lawyer to find him a doctor or else rely on old psychiatric reports as he awaits sentencing on domestic violence offences.

The notorious former Auburn deputy mayor was found guilty of charges including common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, intimidation and choking earlier this month.

The jury deliberated for five hours following a trial that stretched over three weeks before finding him guilty of the offences against a woman.

The 36-year-old told the court he has commenced the process of compiling a sentencing assessment report for the judge to consider as he weighs up jail time, but would like to get some updated reports from a psychiatrist.

"In order to get the psychiatrist I need to retain a lawyer so I'm looking at those options," said Mehajer, who represented himself during the trial.

He said he would rely on past reports, some which are more than two years old, if he has to.

Mehajer intends to appeal to the NSW Supreme Court and withdrew a bail application in the District Court on Wednesday.

He told the court last week his appeal could take over a year, but his sentence is expected to be longer than that.

"I've only filed the notice of intention to appeal," Mehajer said on Wednesday.

Judge James Bennett informed Mehajer he would not have jurisdiction to appeal until his sentencing concluded, and could still make his application for release, and appeal that decision if it did not go his way.

Mehajer is due to be sentenced on June 23, however he has another trial beginning 10 days earlier, which he estimated would be finished by then.

A former AFP officer, who Mehajer said last week could prove images of the woman shown to the jury were edited to add bruising and swelling, did not appear and was not mentioned in court on Wednesday.

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