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Married At First Sight: Ivan Sarakula is busted using his phone while driving

Married At First Sight’s Ivan Sarakula is busted using his phone while driving THREE times – as his lawyer pleads for leniency because of the pressure he faced as an ‘overnight celebrity’

Married At First Sight star Ivan Sarakula has made an extraordinary plea for leniency in court after being caught using his phone while driving three times last year. 

Mr Sarakula’s lawyer, Jennifer Mouhaweg, said her client was addicted to his phone and struggling with the pressure of being an ‘overnight celebrity’ when he was caught on camera using his mobile device at the wheel.

Fans will remember the Sydney real estate agent, 31, from last year’s season of the Nine dating show, which saw him unsuccessfully paired with Aleks Markovic.

Married At First Sight star Ivan Sarakula (right, with Aleks Markovic) has made an extraordinary plea for leniency in court after being caught using his phone while driving three times last year

Mr Sarakula had been busted using his phone while driving in Sydney three times in two weeks: May 16, May 30 and June 2.

Magistrate Joy Boulos did not convict him for the May 16 offence at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday, but he was convicted and fined $200 for the May 30 and June 2 offences.

He also incurred 10 demerit points, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Fans will remember the Sydney real estate agent, 31, from last year's season of the Nine dating show, which saw him unsuccessfully paired with Aleks Markovic (right)

Fans will remember the Sydney real estate agent, 31, from last year’s season of the Nine dating show, which saw him unsuccessfully paired with Aleks Markovic (right)

Solicitor Ms Mouhaweg explained Mr Sarakula had become addicted to using his phone at the time of the offences.

He had just started a new job, she said, and was dealing with his recent break-up with Ms Markovic and sudden media attention that comes with being on reality TV.

‘He says he became an overnight celebrity,’ Ms Mouhaweg told the court.

Mr Sarakula's lawyer, Jennifer Mouhaweg, said her client was addicted to his phone and struggling with his recent break-up with Ms Markovic and the pressure of being an 'overnight celebrity' when he was caught on camera using his mobile device at the wheel

Mr Sarakula’s lawyer, Jennifer Mouhaweg, said her client was addicted to his phone and struggling with his recent break-up with Ms Markovic and the pressure of being an ‘overnight celebrity’ when he was caught on camera using his mobile device at the wheel

‘There is no doubt that the media attention can be quite overwhelming and being in the public eye also proved to have taken a toll on his mental health.’

The police prosecutor refuted any suggestion Mr Sarakula did not enjoy his fame, however, and said he should not receive ‘any leniency whatsoever’.

He said people go on reality shows to ‘bolster their social media image’ and that was why Mr Sarakula was so ‘obsessed with his phone’ at the time of the offences.

The police prosecutor refuted any suggestion Mr Sarakula did not enjoy his fame, and said he should not receive 'any leniency whatsoever'. Magistrate Joy Boulos did not convict him for the May 16 offence, but he was convicted and fined $200 for the May 30 and June 2 offences

The police prosecutor refuted any suggestion Mr Sarakula did not enjoy his fame, and said he should not receive ‘any leniency whatsoever’. Magistrate Joy Boulos did not convict him for the May 16 offence, but he was convicted and fined $200 for the May 30 and June 2 offences

Meanwhile, a seemingly unfazed Mr Sarakula filmed a press photographer outside Sutherland Local Court, where his matter was heard on Thursday.

He even tagged the court’s location and captioned the footage ‘pap life’.

When contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia on Friday, Mr Sarakula did not dispute the Telegraph’s report of his court appearance and simply said: ‘My comment is “yeah, the girls”.’

A seemingly unfazed Mr Sarakula filmed a photographer outside Sutherland Local Court, where his matter was heard on Thursday. He even tagged the court's location and captioned the footage 'pap life'

A seemingly unfazed Mr Sarakula filmed a press photographer outside Sutherland Local Court, where his matter was heard on Thursday. He tagged the court’s location and wrote ‘pap life’

Fans will remember Mr Sarakula’s union with Ms Markovic on Married At First Sight was quite a turbulent one.

Despite both being real estate agents with European backgrounds, they struggled with intimacy and refused to discuss their sex lives with the relationship experts.

Since the show ended, Mr Sarakula has changed his appearance significantly, growing out his hair into a fashionable mullet. 

When contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia on Friday, Mr Sarakula did not dispute The Daily Telegraph's report of his court appearance and simply said: 'My comment is "yeah, the girls".' Pictured with fellow MAFS participant Tamara Joy

When contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia on Friday, Mr Sarakula did not dispute The Daily Telegraph’s report of his court appearance and simply said: ‘My comment is “yeah, the girls”.’ Pictured with fellow MAFS participant Tamara Joy

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