The man in charge of the embezzlement trial of former manager Guy Sebastian says he is “troubled” by key points in the case.
The man leading the embezzlement trial of former manager Guy Sebastian says he’s “worried” about the failure to resolve key issues in the case.
Titus Day is alleged to have embezzled nearly $900,000 in performance, honorarium and ambassador fees owed to the singer.
The 49-year-old former star agent has pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges against him and claims Mr. Sebastian owes him money.
Day’s trial, which began six weeks ago in New South Wales District Court, was scheduled to continue on Wednesday, but after more than four hours of deliberations between the prosecution, the defense and Judge Tim Hartelmann, the jury was ordered to return home. day.
Details about the nature of the negotiations could not be disclosed as jurors were not allowed into the courtroom.
When the jurors returned just before 2:00 p.m., Judge Hartelmann said he was sorry they “waited so long”.
“During the period when you were last here, we were constantly dealing with legal issues,” he said.
“It is not uncommon for legal issues to arise during closing speeches and summing up the results of the trial. The longer and more complex the litigation, the more likely legal problems will arise and the longer it will take to resolve them.
“I am concerned that, unfortunately, despite the fact that we constantly try to solve problems for many hours, they remain unresolved.”
Judge Hartelmann said he is confident the trial can continue on Friday and he expects jurors to be able to consider their verdicts early next week.
“Please don’t draw any conclusions against either side because problems have arisen … you must not speculate about problems that have arisen,” he told jurors.
“Whatever assumptions you make will probably lead to the wrong answer anyway.”
After the jury heard evidence from Mr Sebastian, his wife Jules, accountants, the police officer in charge of the investigation and various figures in the entertainment industry, Crown Attorney David Morters began his final speech, which concluded on Wednesday.
Mr. Day’s barrister, Dominic Toomey SC, is to make closing remarks before the jury.
The latest delay is one of several that have plagued the lawsuit since it began in early May.
The first responsible judge, Peter Zahra, SK, died shortly after the start of the trial.
At the same time, Mr. Sebastian contracted Covid and was unable to testify for seven days while in isolation.
Another delay was caused at the end of May when the juror fell ill.
Mr. Day and Mr. Sebastian first started working together in 2007 when they were both associated with 22 Management.
In 2009, Mr. Sebastian became Mr. Day’s main client when he left 22 Management to start his own talent management business, 6 Degrees.
The couple had a heated argument in 2017, after which the court was told that Mr. Sebastian had allegedly found “anomalies” that led to a Federal Court case, police involvement, and criminal charges against Mr. Day.