Guy Sebastian lets off some steam on the golf course amid embezzlement trial 


Guy Sebastian lets off some steam on the golf course after his ex-manager was found not guilty of three charges in high-profile embezzlement trial

Guy Sebastian capped off a stressful week with a few rounds of golf with friends at The Lakes in Sydney on Friday.

The singer, 40, took out his frustrations on the green as he nears the end of a messy trial involving his ex-manager Titus Day, who is accused of embezzling nearly a million dollars from his star client.

Sebastian dressed the part in a fleece and cap, which he teamed with white pants. 

Hitting the green: Guy Sebastian capped off a stressful week with a few rounds of golf with friends at The Lakes in Sydney on Friday

Hitting the green: Guy Sebastian capped off a stressful week with a few rounds of golf with friends at The Lakes in Sydney on Friday

Sebastian’s former manager was on Thursday found not guilty of three of 50 embezzlement charges on the direction of the judge as the trial nears completion.

Titus Emanuel Day was accused of embezzling almost $900,000 from the pop star, but Judge Timothy Gartelmann directed the NSW District Court jury to return not guilty verdicts on three counts relating to almost $15,000.

After his barrister Dominic Toomey SC said the defence was calling no evidence, the trial was adjourned to Tuesday, when prosecutor David Morters SC is expected to begin his closing address.

Trial: Sebastian took out his frustrations on the green as he nears the end of a trial involving his ex-manager Titus Day, who is accused of embezzling nearly a million dollars from his star client

Trial: Sebastian took out his frustrations on the green as he nears the end of a trial involving his ex-manager Titus Day, who is accused of embezzling nearly a million dollars from his star client

Get-up: Sebastian dressed the part in a fleece and cap, which he teamed with white pants

Get-up: Sebastian dressed the part in a fleece and cap, which he teamed with white pants

The judge told the jury the accused had exercised his right to silence, stressing it was up to the Crown to prove its case.

The 49-year-old manager pleaded not guilty to 50 charges alleging he fraudulently embezzled money allegedly owed to Sebastian through royalties and performance fees

Day, who managed Sebastian via his company 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017, also denied 50 alternative counts of larceny.

Acquitted: Titus Day (pictured on May 18) was on Thursday found not guilty of three of 50 embezzlement charges on the direction of the judge as the trial nears completion

Acquitted: Titus Day (pictured on May 18) was on Thursday found not guilty of three of 50 embezzlement charges on the direction of the judge as the trial nears completion

Three counts: Mr Day was accused of embezzling almost $900,000 from Sebastian, but Judge Timothy Gartelmann directed the NSW District Court jury to return not guilty verdicts on three counts relating to almost $15,000

Three counts: Mr Day was accused of embezzling almost $900,000 from Sebastian, but Judge Timothy Gartelmann directed the NSW District Court jury to return not guilty verdicts on three counts relating to almost $15,000

End in sight: After his barrister Dominic Toomey SC said the defence was calling no evidence, the trial was adjourned to Tuesday, when prosecutor David Morters SC is expected to begin his closing address

End in sight: After his barrister Dominic Toomey SC said the defence was calling no evidence, the trial was adjourned to Tuesday, when prosecutor David Morters SC is expected to begin his closing address

As well as directing the jurors to acquit Day of three embezzlement charges, the judge directed them to acquit him of the three corresponding alternative charges.

‘There was simply no evidence at all that the accused did the act alleged to constitute any of these offences,’ he said.

The judge also foreshadowed that at the end of the trial he will direct them to return not guilty verdicts for all the remaining alternative charges.

He was telling them this now so they can ignore them and concentrate on the remaining embezzlement charges when they retire.

Judge Gartelmann stressed this did not mean he had any view of the strength of the Crown case, saying his decision only related to matters of law.

Silent: The judge told the jury the accused had exercised his right to silence, stressing it was up to the Crown to prove its case

Silent: The judge told the jury the accused had exercised his right to silence, stressing it was up to the Crown to prove its case

Plea: The 49-year-old manager pleaded not guilty to 50 charges alleging he fraudulently embezzled money allegedly owed to Sebastian through royalties and performance fees

Plea: The 49-year-old manager pleaded not guilty to 50 charges alleging he fraudulently embezzled money allegedly owed to Sebastian through royalties and performance fees

The jury has been told of an ‘acrimonious and hostile’ break-up between manager and musician, before Sebastian filed a civil lawsuit against Day in July 2018, when he says he discovered money was owed to him.

Two years later, he approached police when he allegedly discovered ‘criminal behaviour’.

But Mr Toomey has submitted his client had an answer to every single charge and suggested the authorities were perhaps seduced by Sebastian’s high profile.

Day told police the pop singer owed him $1.2million in outstanding commissions.

‘Why isn’t he being picked up for fraud, for not paying me commissions? I don’t understand it,’ he said in the July 2020 interview played to the jury.

Charges: Day, who managed Sebastian via his company 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017, also denied 50 alternative counts of larceny

Charges: Day, who managed Sebastian via his company 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017, also denied 50 alternative counts of larceny

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