The judge presiding over the trial of singer Guy Sebastian’s former manager, Titus Day, has been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke.
The trial of singer Guy Sebastian’s former manager, Titus Day, has been suspended after the judge handling the case was rushed to hospital and is currently on life support.
Judge Peter Zahra was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after suffering a suspected stroke at his home in Sydney around 8am on Thursday. The Daily Telegraph reports.
Mr Day, 50, has pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of fraudulently embezzling royalties, performances and ambassadorial payments allegedly intended for Sebastian.
He is accused of orchestrating a $900,000 embezzlement scandal between 2013 and 2020.
The trial in NSW District Court began on Tuesday and was due to resume on Thursday with Sebastian due to return to the witness box.
Sebastian, who is a judge on Channel 7’s hit reality show The voicetestified on Wednesday when he claimed to have discovered the theft while reviewing bank statements after the two men fell out.
It is listed for mention Monday before Judge James Bennett and a new plan and timetable are expected to be set.
In a 2010 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald he admitted to being uncomfortable with the ceremony that greets him in the courtroom every day, The Daily Telegraph reported.
“I don’t know how you would face someone, when you walk into the room saying ‘Silence, stand up,'” Judge Zahra said.
“It’s a strange concept for a human being…I find it really disturbing.”