Pizza with drug top­ping

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - GOT A SNITCH? CON­TACT AVA. BENNY- MOR­RI­[email protected] NEWS. COM. AU OR BREN­DEN. [email protected] NEWS. COM. AU

IT was a com­i­cal scene that wouldn’t have been out of place in TV se­ries Fat Pizza.

Un­for­tu­nately for Aussie ac­tor John Her­man Bokser, his run-in with po­lice in April last year wasn’t scripted for the screen.

Bokser — aka Johnny Boxer — landed him­self in Newtown Lo­cal Court this week charged with drug pos­ses­sion and rid­ing a bike with­out a hel­met.

The 60-year-old Camp­sie man, who was dis­cov­ered by cast­ing agents at Bondi decades ago, is best known for his role as Bobo, the gruff but hi­lar­i­ous chef in Fat Pizza.

For­tu­nately his lat­est con­vic­tion won’t stop him from join­ing the show’s orig­i­nal cast for the up­com­ing sea­son.

On April 28 last year a ner­vous and sweat­ing Bokser was rid­ing on the foot­path in Ersk­ineville when po­lice pulled him over. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice al­le­ga­tions ten­dered in court, Bokser be­came ar­gu­men­ta­tive and non-com­pli­ant when of­fi­cers tried to search the front pocket of his jeans.

He then threw him­self to the ground declar­ing “my legs are f...ed”.

Right on cue, a small clear bot­tle with the liq­uid drug GBL rolled on to the foot­path at the feet of the be­mused of­fi­cers.

Court doc­u­ments state Bokser then sug­gested po­lice were at­tempt­ing to frame him.

“You guys found that on the foot­path and put it in my pocket,” he said.

After stub­bornly re­spond­ing “no com­ment” when asked what was in­side the bot­tle, Bokser later said the drug was to help al­le­vi­ate pain caused by a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent.

But when his day in court came last week, the mag­is­trate re­vealed Bokser had a long his­tory of drug of­fences.

His lawyer pointed out while Bokser was cur­rently un­em­ployed, he was look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the set of Fat Pizza. He got credit for plead­ing guilty to the of­fences and was fined $600 in to­tal for both of­fences.

QUES­TION­ABLE LINK

SALIM Mehajer’s now in­fa­mous wed­ding re­vealed that the jailed prop­erty de­vel­oper is fond of the lime­light. But it has now be­come ap­par­ent Mehajer doesn’t care if he’s get­ting at­ten­tion for his lav­ish nup­tials or hav­ing his face splashed across the TV news.

The Mehajer com­pany, Ze­nah Project De­vel­op­ments, put out a job ad­ver­tise­ment this week for a per­sonal as­sis­tant to work along­side the 33-year-old.

Ac­cord­ing to busi­ness records, Ze­nah is the hold­ing com­pany for Syd­ney Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Pty Ltd with its head­quar­ters based on Car­ling­ford Rd in Sefton.

A sign on the front of the build­ing fea­tures a link to its web­site, syd­ney­group.com.au: how­ever, when you click on the link you are taken to an A Cur­rent Af­fair story ti­tled “Mehajer the Ma­niac”.

The TV re­port de­tailed the vi­o­lent video calls, which open with Mehajer scream­ing that his now ex-wife Aysha Lear­month has “five min­utes to call”, be­fore he threat­ens to “rape your mum”.

Po­lice took an AVO out against Mehajer fol­low­ing the video.

It begs the ques­tion of why such a shame­ful episode is linked to the web­site of the busi­ness of which Mehajer is a former di­rec­tor. Calls to the com­pany were not an­swered.

NEW AP­POINT­MENT

The NSW Po­lice Homi­cide Squad’s new­est re­cruit has kept a low pro­file com­pared to her pre­de­ces­sor.

After the drama sur­round­ing former de­tec­tive Gary Jube­lin’s de­par­ture this year, you can’t blame the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy for that.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Vir­ginia Gor­man moved qui­etly into the se­nior va­cancy at the elite squad this month, over­see­ing one of six in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams.

She was re­cently posted to the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Com­mand, where po­lice in­ves­ti­gate mis­be­hav­ing po­lice, and be­fore that, the Rob­bery and Se­ri­ous Crime Squad. It was there she helped claim the soughtafte­r scalps of fa­ther and son fugi­tives Gino and Mark Stocco in ru­ral NSW.

But it ap­pears Insp Gor­man prefers an ex­is­tence out­side the lime­light.

Snitch strug­gled to find a photo of the se­nior of­fi­cer, let alone con­vince her to sup­ply one.

John Bokser with promo mod­els Cora Parr (left) and Re­gan Slayter in a pub­lic­ity shot. Nei­ther was in­volved in any way with his ar­rest.

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