Police, CCC 'not happy' with Antoniolli's bail conditions
SUSPENDED Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli will return to court for a hearing after police and the Crime and Corruption Commission objected to changes in his bail conditions.
Charged with seven counts of fraud and a breach of bail, Cr Antoniolli did not appear in person when his matters were mentioned before Ipswich Magistrate Robert Walker today.
A change was previously agreed to in an open court before another Ipswich magistrate but at the time the details of that change were not disclosed to the public.
It was known that the existing bail conditions did include Cr Antoniolli not contacting or approaching any council employee or councillor, and a condition that he must not enter within 100m of council premises.
Senior Sergeant Rebecca McDonald told Mr Walker that the breach of bail charge was revisited last week and one condition was changed.
The bail amendment was not in the terms agreed upon and she was instructed by the CCC to seek a bail variation.
Cr Antoniolli's lawyer Dominic Brunello said the police application was opposed.
He said it had been granted but police had since been instructed by the CCC that "they were not happy about it" and that there were (apparently) further allegations.
Mr Brunello said it was submitted that any further allegations or evidence be filed by the date, and that any proponent must produce this evidence.
Mr Walker set the date for a two-hour hearing on the bail issue for Thursday, July 5.
The Magistrate directed that any material to be relied upon be filed and served by noon on July 3, with material of reply by close of business on July 4.
Mr Brunello sought a three-day hearing for the fraud offences in September, with the mayor to be represented by barrister Peter Callaghan SC, with the separate breach of bail charge to be heard on the last day of the hearing.
Mr Walker listed the trial hearing on the fraud offences for September 11, 13 and 14.