Jailed former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has said he went against advice and "didn't want to" fight allegations of corruption, while giving evidence as a witness in a hearing on Tuesday.
The 70-year-old pleaded guilty to more than 30 offences including sexual assault, official corruption and fraud and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years' jail in September last year.
He is eligible for parole in October next year.
The man, once labelled "Mr Ipswich" before his stunning fall from grace, was back in court, this time on the witness stand after being called to give evidence in a committal hearing for Melbourne property developer Christopher Pinzone.
Mr Pinzone is charged with corruptly giving, or offering to give, benefits to a public officer.
It is alleged he made the offers, including giving cash and organising escort services, between October 2016 and June 2017 in return for the then-mayor's support of his development proposal at Yamanto in Ipswich.
"I championed the development," Pisasale told the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
During a lengthy cross-examination, Prosecutor Sarah Farnden asked Pisasale, who said he suffers from multiple sclerosis and struggled to remember things, about his admissions of guilt during his own court hearing in 2019.
"I did plead guilty to it, I still don't know whether I agreed to it, but I pled guilty.
"I had my family that was in a terrible state, I was in a terrible state and as I said to my lawyer, I just wanted it all over with.
"I did have advice that I should fight, but I didn't want to, I had lost all energy to fight.
"Can I say one thing? I would never do anything to hurt my city.
"I pleaded guilty to everything.
"I am in an environment here where I said I am going to tell the truth and I am going to tell the truth and I did plead guilty, and no I don't agree with some of the statements that were in that, were factual."
Pisasale was later asked by Ms Farnden if "he told Mr Pinzone, he can push things with the planners"," but Pisasale argued it was only ever as part of his duties as mayor.
"I had discussions with the planners … that was my job," Pisasale responded.
"I never asked the planners to do anything that was illegal.
"I've dealt with a lot of big developers … and none of them have ever spoke like this before, they didn't try to entice me with massages or those things."
He went on to explain how he was motivated by the city of Ipswich.
"You name it … I was there to help people … I set up a new development because I knew the jobs were crucial to Ipswich.
Pisasale said Ipswich has the highest unemployment in the country.
"I love this city," he said.
Magistrate Belinda Merrin committed Mr Pinzone to stand trial in Brisbane's District Court.