Ip­swich lo­ca­tion likely for Andrew An­to­niolli’s court case

The Queensland Times - - News - JOHN WEEKES john.weekes@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au -NewsRe­gional

SUS­PENDED Ip­swich mayor Andrew An­to­niolli is likely to have his fraud case heard in his home­town court.

But that might be a sur­prise to Cr An­to­niolli, his lawyer told a magistrate on Wed­nes­day.

Cr An­to­niolli faces seven fraud charges. He de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

His lawyer Do­minic Brunello told Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court he was seek­ing a three­day hear­ing, pos­si­bly in Sep­tem­ber.

“There’s eight wit­nesses and a six-hour record of in­ter­view,” Mr Brunello said.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor said the al­leged fraud was less than $30,000 in to­tal.

The largest sin­gle amount on any charge was $5000.

And the court heard the case would likely be sent back to Ip­swich.

“This is the first time that we’ve been no­ti­fied that there’s go­ing to be an ap­pli­ca­tion for a change of venue,” Mr Brunello told the court.

“It’s been sprung to­day with­out no­tice.”

Mr Brunello said he would need to ask his client for his thoughts on having the case heard in Ip­swich.

The court heard it was com­mon for cases to go back to where they came from.

Cr An­to­niolli was charged last month as part of Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion investigations into Ip­swich City Coun­cil.

His mat­ter will be men­tioned again in Bris­bane on June 20. The 47-year-old is on bail and was not re­quired to at­tend court.

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