Another medical drama has halted the fraud trial of Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day, accused of embezzling $900,000 from the Australian singer.
Day, 49, is on trial in the NSW District Court, but the case has so far been plagued with drama, health issues and constant delays.
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Judge Tim Gartelmann had to send the entire jury home on Monday because a juror was missing.
It was later confirmed that the juror was ill, western australia reports.
It is unclear whether the juror had COVID-19 or another illness.
“I have the authority to discharge an individual juror, but it seems premature to me to do so now,” Gartelmann said Monday.
“We hope that the juror concerned will be well for his own good and can continue with the trial as soon as possible.
“There’s not much we can do today without him.”
The latest delay comes after the original presiding judge, Peter Zahra, died suddenly of a stroke.
Another juror was rushed to hospital after suffering a severe allergic reaction to food eaten during a lunch break.
And Sebastian himself came down with COVID-19 just a day after testifying against his former manager and was unable to testify further for seven days.
The Crown prosecutor also contracted COVID-19 and had to appear via audiovisual link.
The trial was due to end in mid-June but numerous delays pushed back the likely conclusion date.
Day pleaded not guilty to 50 counts, including fraudulent misappropriation of money owed to Sebastian in the form of royalties and performance fees.
He also denied 50 other counts of larceny or theft.
The Crown alleges that Day – who ran Sebastian through a company called 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017 – embezzled Sebastian nearly $900,000 between 2013 and 2020.
But Day’s defense lawyer, Dominic Toomey SC, said his client had an answer to every accusation and that police may have been “seduced” by the artist’s notoriety.
Judge Gartelmann said Monday he was looking into when the jury would be able to resume.
“It’s unfortunate, but these things happen and the longer the trial, the more likely things like this will happen from time to time,” he said.
“It’s just part of life.”
– With PAA