Updated August 08, 2017 10:54:52
Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has failed to face court on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice as part of a Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation.
Court documents state that between December 2016 and August, Pisasale attempted to pervert the course of justice by influencing a witness to provide false statements and misleading evidence.
Pisasale’s lawyer, Glen Cranny, presented the court with medical reports stating the married 65-year-old was not fit to attend based on advice from his psychiatrist.
A warrant could be issued for the arrest of embattled former mayor if he fails to appear at his next court date.
Pisasale was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice earlier this month while on bail for three separate charges, including extortion.
Pisasale’s solicitor, Glen Cranny, told the court his client remained in a mental health clinic and there were “some serious health concerns” surrounding him.
Magistrate Anthony Gett was not prepared to grant bail on the new charges, saying the ex-politician was in a “show-cause position”.
A warrant will remain at the court until his next appearance on August 23.
Mr Cranny would not comment on Pisasale’s health or new charges as he left court.
Mr Pisasale resigned as Ipswich mayor in June resigned in June, citing health reasons.
It came at the same time as a CCC investigation into an incident in which he was detained at Melbourne Airport carrying $50,000 cash.
Pisasale has previously denied any wrongdoing and said he would fight the charges.
Topics:local-government, government-and-politics, courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, brisbane-4000, ipswich-4305
First posted August 08, 2017 10:20:23
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