Former Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli arrives at Ipswich Courthouse with wife Karina on Tuesday morning.
Former Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli arrives at Ipswich Courthouse with wife Karina on Tuesday morning. Rob Williams

Antoniolli trial: Surprise result on day one

UPDATE: The long-awaited trial of former Ipswich mayor Andrew Antoniolli is due to start tomorrow after legal delays resulted in today's planned start being put on hold.

Ipswich Magistrates Court was due to hear the opening address in Mr Antoniolli's trial on 14 counts of fraud and one breach of bail.

Mr Antoniolli entered the Ipswich Courthouse before 9am flanked by his wife and solicitor Dan Rogers.

In court, Crown Prosecutor Sarah Farnden revealed there were outstanding matters which needed to be finalised before the hearing could begin.

Ms Farnden applied to Magistrate Anthony Gett to have the matter adjourned until tomorrow and said discussions with defence barrister Peter Callaghan were ongoing.

Mr Callaghan said he was "much more optimistic" about the length of time it would take to finalise the discussions with the prosecutor and suggested the matter be adjourned until the afternoon when the court could view evidence. 

"I understand the first witness is to be the witness through whom a very lengthy record of interview is going to be tendered," Mr Callaghan said.

"If nothing else I would have thought that a couple of hours this afternoon could have been spent usefully with that interview being played."

Mr Callaghan said, as a result of concessions and admissions, he expected the trial would be shortened by about one day.

Mr Gett adjourned the matter until 2.15pm, forcing Mr Antoniolli to spend most of the day bunkered down in an interview room while legal discussions continued.

When the court returned after lunch Ms Farnden confirmed she was not in a position to proceed.

Mr Gett adjourned the matter until tomorrow morning.

The Crown will open with a lengthy address before the court is expected to view about five hours of interview footage from with an unnamed witness.

Mr Antoniolli, Ipswich's 50th mayor, was in office for about eight months before standing aside in May.   

 

EARLIER: Former Ipswich mayor Andrew Antoniolli has appeared briefly in Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Mr Antoniolli entered the Ipswich Courthouse this morning flanked by his wife and solicitor Dan Rogers. 

He is facing 14 charges of fraud and one count of breaching bail.

The court was in session for less than 10 minutes.

Crown Prosecutor Sarah Farnden said there were outstanding matters which needed to be finalised before the matter could start. 

She applied to Magistrate Anthony Gett to have the matter adjourned until tomorrow and said discussions with Defence Barrister Peter Callaghan were ongoing.

Mr Callaghan said he was "much more optimistic" about the length of time it would take to finalise the discussions with the prosecutor. 

He suggested the matter be adjourned until this afternoon.

There are about five hours of interview footage, which Mr Callaghan said could be played in open court this afternoon. 

Mr Callaghan said, as a result of statements and admissions, he expected the trial would be shortened by about one day. 

Mr Gett adjourned the matter until this afternoon. 



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