Statements from overseas in the court case of Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day are still outstanding, with police telling a magistrate they hope to obtain them in the next month.
Mr Day, 47, is facing 61 charges of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception after police allege he defrauded the singer $1.15 million in relation to performance entitlements and overseas royalties.
Police allege he did not forward earnings to the singer deposited in a trust account between 2013 and 2020, including 19 of 24 payments from Montreal-based overseas royalties agency Premier Muzik.
The other five were allegedly paid.
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DELAYS IN OVERSEAS STATEMENTS
Police prosecutor Sergeant Malek Alzaim in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday said the officer-in-charge of the investigation had told him “some statements” from overseas are “still outstanding”.
He told Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson there had been “some delay in obtaining that material” and was instructed to ask for four more weeks for the documents to be obtained.
However, Sergeant Alzaim said the matter could proceed to charge certification – when a case conference is held and a certificate sets out the offences the prosecution wish to proceed with.
If the additional material becomes relevant to that process, the parties will be notified, he said.
Mr Day’s lawyer Daniel Wakim said he was “not in any position to know what is coming and what isn’t coming”.
Judge Henson quipped: “But you do know what the case is about?”
“Of course,” Mr Wakim replied.
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AMOUNTS ALLEGEDLY OUTSTANDING
Sebastian, a coach on the TV singing contest The Voice, began his working relationship with Mr Day back in 2005 – two years after becoming the inaugural winner of Australian Idol.
After 12 years, the singer and Mr Day parted ways in November 2017.
In that time, Sebastian toured nationally and released multiple studio albums with Sony Music.
According to court documents seen by news.com.au, the largest amount police allege was withheld by the singer’s manager was $214,565.88 from his Madness tour in 2015.
Mr Day also allegedly owes the pop star $147,988 in relation to four arena performances for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour of Australia in 2013.
Judge Henson, who on Thursday described the police facts as “comprehensive”, adjourned the case to November 26.