Andrew Antoniolli will face trial.
Andrew Antoniolli will face trial.

Trial date set for suspended mayor

SUSPENDED Ipswich mayor Andrew Antoniolli will face trial in September on seven counts of fraud.

Antoniolli did not appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today as magistrate Virginia Sturgess set down the trial for September 17, 18 and 20.

Antoniolli has indicated he will fight the charges, brought by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) in May.

The CCC alleges the 47-year-old used council funds "for his own use to purchase auction items from charitable organisations" between October 2011 and June 2017.

His lawyers have previously indicated the hearing will include evidence from eight witnesses.

Today, the court heard two witness affidavits were outstanding, with a full brief of evidence due by August 9.

Antoniolli has also been accused of breaching his bail conditions, with a further mention for that charge set for July 20.

He was the second Ipswich mayor in less than a year to be charged with criminal offences.

His predecessor Paul Pisasale, who resigned last June, is facing allegations including corruption and misconduct.

Antoniolli's charges prompted moves by Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to dismiss the entire council last month.

Ipswich councillors have since started legal action against that, after receiving a second notice to show why it should not be sacked. Both parties will make their case in a full-day hearing in the Supreme Court on July 31.



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