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Salim Mehajer white Porsche withdrawn from auction at last minute

The car Salim Mehajer used to assault a television reporter was mysteriously withdrawn from auction minutes before it was about to be sold.

The white Porsche Panamera was set to go to a luxury car auction in Sydney’s south-west on Monday night after clocking up 292,563km on its odometer. 

It’s understood a finance company withdrew the car from the auction at the last minute, but wouldn’t reveal who the owner was, The Daily Telegraph reported.  

Mehajer used the car’s passenger-side door to assault Channel 7 journalist Laura Banks on April 2 last year. 

The car Salim Mehajer used to assault a television reporter (pictured) was mysteriously withdrawn from auction minutes before it was about to be sold

The white Porsche Panamera was set to go to a luxury car auction in Sydney's south-west on Monday night after clocking up 292,563km on its odometer

The white Porsche Panamera was set to go to a luxury car auction in Sydney’s south-west on Monday night after clocking up 292,563km on its odometer

Mehajer (right) used the car's passenger-side door to assault Channel 7 journalist Laura Banks (left) on April 2 last year

Mehajer (right) used the car’s passenger-side door to assault Channel 7 journalist Laura Banks (left) on April 2 last year

He had climbed into the vehicle to escape a media pack outside a central Sydney police station, where he had been taken early that morning after allegedly assaulting a taxi driver.

Mehajer was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm against Ms Banks, in an incident that left her with hand and back injuries. 

Ms Banks had been standing in the doorway of the Porsche trying to quiz Mehajer on the incident when the assault occurred. 

The Porsche is believed to be owned by a company linked to the Mehajer family, according to the publication.  

Mehajer was declared bankrupt by a Federal Circuit Court judge last week after one of his companies failed to pay a debt of more than $200,000.

He cannot benefit from the sale of his assets and all proceeds will go to his trustee in bankruptcy Paul Weston. 

Mehajer was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm against Ms Banks, in an incident that left her with hand and back injuries

Mehajer was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm against Ms Banks, in an incident that left her with hand and back injuries

Ms Banks had been standing in the doorway of the Porsche trying to quiz Mehajer on the incident when the assault (pictured) occurred

Ms Banks had been standing in the doorway of the Porsche trying to quiz Mehajer on the incident when the assault (pictured) occurred

Many were disappointed the Porsche was withdrawn from the auction, denying them the chance of snapping up a luxury vehicle at a bargain price.

‘It is eight years old and has a lot of kilometres so it wouldn’t sell for much – maybe $40,000,’ one auction attendee said.

The car is well overdue for a service and has no registration, however it comes with personalised black number plates. 

Mehajer was charged earlier on Wednesday with two counts of possessing and one count of supplying a prohibited drug, just one day before his final bail application. 

The Porsche is believed to be owned by a company linked to the Mehajer family

The Porsche is believed to be owned by a company linked to the Mehajer family

Mehajer was charged earlier on Wednesday with two counts of possessing and one count of supplying a prohibited drug, just one day before his final bail application

Mehajer was charged earlier on Wednesday with two counts of possessing and one count of supplying a prohibited drug, just one day before his final bail application

Police allege they found more than 200 pills of prescription anxiety and pain medications during a raid on his Lidcombe home in November 2017.

On November 8, officers allegedly found 174 tablets of Endone and Targin – both with the active ingredient of Oxycodone, or ‘hillbilly heroin’.

They also allege they found 50 tablets of alprazolam – more commonly known as Xanax. 

Mehajer has been languishing in remand at Silverwater Prison since January on charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud in relation to an allegedly staged car crash. 

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