Suspended Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli.
Suspended Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli. Rob Williams

Suspended mayor slapped with new bail conditions

UPDATE:

BAIL has been granted to suspended mayor Andrew Antoniolli.   

He faced court this morning, wearing a dark green pullover and brown pants, after spending a night in the Ipswich Watch-house.  

Cr Antoniolli made a brief glance and quick smile to his wife Karina Antoniolli, who was in the courtroom to support him.  

Police tendered a formal objection to bail but it was granted just before 9.20am - with new conditions that he not go within 100m of any council offices or have contact with any council staff.  

It is alleged Cr Antoniolli spoke with a number of council employees while handing back property.  

Defence lawyer Dan Rogers tendered a bail submission saying the alleged breach of bail offence was of a minor nature, that Cr Antoniolli had already spent a night in the watch-house and should not receive any actual imprisonment, if the breach of bail offence was proven.  

Mr Rogers said concern had been raised about Cr Antoniolli's mental health confirming the suspended mayor was seeing a psychologist and a psychiatrist.  

"I have spoken early this morning to his treating psychiatrist who has no concern about his safety. He has six protective factors; his wife and five daughters who will ensure his welfare is well managed," Mr Rogers told the court.  

"He has property and financial interests in the region and there is no suggestion he would abscond or commit offences, or interfere with witnesses."  

Magistrate Andy Cridland said he had listened to the submissions and was prepared to grant bail with conditions.  

Previous bail conditions related to Cr Antoniolli's fraud case, charges laid on May 2, are still in place.   

Those conditions include that Cr Antoniolli not contact certain people including the two former council CEOs Jim Lindsay and Carl Wulff.  

Cr Antoniolli was also instructed not to have contact with Troy Dobinson, Lindsey Denman, any staff at Trek Cycles in Ipswich or to contact any council employees, in relation to the court matters.  

The breach of bail matter was adjourned to June 20.

UPDATE: 

TELEVISION crews have gathered outside Ipswich Courthouse where suspended mayor Andrew Antoniolli is expected to appear this morning.

Cr Antoniolli spent the night in lock up after being charged with breaching his bail conditions.

This morning, he is expected to make bail.

Cr Antoniolli is facing seven counts of fraud in relation to items bought at charity auctions.

The charges were laid on May 2 and part of bail conditions on those matters included that Cr Antoniolli not contact certain people including the two former council CEOs Jim Lindsay and Carl Wulff.

Cr Antoniolli was also instructed not to have contact with Troy Dobinson, Lindsey Denman, any staff at Trek Cycles in Ipswich or to contact any council employees, in relation to the court matters.

 

EARLIER:

SUSPENDED Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has been charged with breaching his bail conditions.

The 47-year-old was yesterday charged with the further offences by the state's corruption watchdog at the Ipswich City Watch-house.

On May 2, Cr Antoniolli was charged with seven counts of fraud, as part of the Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into Ipswich City Council.

It will be alleged he has breached one of his bail conditions. His conditions included that he not contact Jim Lindsay or Carl Wulff, council CEOs who have also been charged by the CCC, as well as Troy Dobinson and Lindsey Denman.

Antoniolli was also ordered not to visit or speak to any staff at Trek Cycles in Ipswich or contact any council employees in relation to the court matters.

It comes as Ipswich City councillors wait to find out if they will lose their jobs.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is expected to make a decision on whether or not to dismiss the council before the the end of the week.

Mr Hinchliffe is still considering a detailed, 42-page submission lodged by the embattled council on why elected officials should stay on.

Since former mayor Paul Pisasale stepped down in May last year, 16 people associated with Ipswich City Council have been charged.

All intend to defend the allegations against them.

The QT did contact Antoniolli for comment.