Pizza with drug topping
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.
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.
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.