Antoniolli's bail terms reinstated after 'misunderstanding'
SUSPENDED Ipswich mayor Andrew Antoniolli has appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning for a hearing on his bail conditions.
Antoniolli is facing seven fraud charges following his arrest on May 2 and was arrested again later that month and charged with breaching his bail.
The hearing related to a bail variation last month in which a condition that Antoniolli not contact witnesses was inadvertently removed.
It was reinstated this morning with the consent of Antoniolli's legal team, with six exceptions - detailed in documents forwarded by Antoniolli's lawyers.
Under the agreed to conditions, Antoniolli is not allowed to speak to any Ipswich City Council employee or councillor, except Cr David Martin - a long-term family friend elected last year following the mayoral by-election.
Antoniolli may not discuss his fraud case with Cr Martin.
Lawyer for the Director of Public Prosecutions Sam Bain said the removal of the bail conditions by Police Prosecutions was "as a result of a misunderstanding".
He also told the court the non-contact condition was reasonable and gave several instances where Antoniolli had contacted either witnesses or employees of council.
That included a discussion with council chief executive Sean Madigan, a witness in the fraud matter, and a visit to council in which discussions were held in relation to the "QP9" police brief of evidence.
Antoniolli's lawyer Dominic Brunello told the court while it consented to the bail variation, it did "not indicate an admission of any allegation".
He also said there was no suggestion by the defence that the conduct of Police Prosecutor Rebecca McDonald was anything but an honest mistake.
Antoniolli appeared upbeat before the bail mention, chatting casually with his lawyer in court.
He wore a light suit jacket, dark pants and boots.
Antoniolli remains suspended on full pay pending legislation being introduced to sack the council.
He has denied any wrongdoing.
Antoniolli walked hand-in-hand to the courthouse, in Ipswich's central CBD, with his wife Karina.
He is accused of spending Ipswich council funds to buy items for his own use.
Antoniolli has vowed to vigorously defend the charges.
The reinstated condition of bail bars Antoniolli approaching former bicycle shop worker Troy Dobinson, Lindsey Denman, ex Ipswich council chief executives Jim Lindsay and Carl Wulff, and any other Ipswich council employee or councillor.
Other exceptions on the reinstated bail conditions include allowing Antoniolli to speak with the council's city solicitor, attend church services and functions and continue his role as match official at the Ipswich touch Association.
He is not allowed to discuss the fraud matters.
Antoniolli has also been granted permission to speak with Ipswich councillors regarding matters related to the pending dissolution of the council, by the State Government.
Both Wulff and Lindsay have been charged by the Crime and Corruption Commission with Corruption. Lindsay and Wulff have previously denied any wrongdoing.