Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale sentenced to seven years jail

Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years behind bars.

The disgraced former Mayor appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday, where the sentenced was handed down.

It comes after the 69-year-old pleaded guilty to more than 35 charges, including sexual assault and corruption.


He had already been serving a two-year jail sentence, suspended after 12 months, for attempting to extort money from the former boyfriend of a Chinese escort he had been involved with.

Just last week, Pisasale read a letter out in court apologising for his actions.

“One that started by a strong vision to help the people of Ipswich, that turned into obsession, self-absorption and a lack of judgment,” he said.

“My mind and ego took over and my behaviour was out of control now. I wanted more and more boosts in my popularity. People around me tried to talk to me, I would not listen. I was driven by my obsession and I failed everyone,” he continued.

Pisasale will be eligible for parole in October 2022.