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Why is guy sebastian in court, Judge Zahra stroke died passed away

Why is guy sebastian in court, Judge Zahra stroke died passed away
The case against Guy Sebastian's former manager has been put off because the judge has died.
Judge Peter Zahra, who was in charge of the case against Guy Sebastian's former manager, died of a stroke.

As the news was given, the people on the jury gasped and wiped away tears.

A stroke took the life of the judge who was in charge of the fraud trial of Guy Sebastian's ex-manager.

On Thursday, the NSW District Court jury was told that Judge Peter Zahra was sick, so the trial was put off until Monday.

But on Monday, Judge James Bennett told the court that Zahra had died.

"I'd say he's a very good friend, and as you might expect, everyone here is sad about his death," Judge Bennett told the court.

As the news was given, the people on the jury gasped and wiped away tears.

Judge Zahra's family said in a statement that he would be remembered as a "special soul."

"We've gotten a lot of nice messages and memories that show what kind of person he was. He had a big heart and wanted everyone to do better than they thought they could," the statement said.

"In honor of our dad and his life, we want everyone to have a cup of hot chocolate and tell a dad joke."

Mark Speakman, the Attorney General of NSW, said he was "saddened" to hear about Zahra's death.

Speakman wrote in a statement, "I want to thank Judge Zahra not only for his work as a judge of the District Court, but also for his many years of important work and service to the law and the legal field."

Zahra was thought to be a "outstanding leader," and she testified in major murder and drug trials in NSW.

"During his 15 years on the District Court bench, Judge Zahra earned the deep respect of his fellow judges, the lawyers who went before him at the Bar, and the profession as a whole," said Speakman.

"On behalf of the people and government of NSW, I offer my deepest condolences to his Honour's wife, daughter, sons, extended family, and many friends and colleagues."

Guy Sebastian was supposed to give more evidence on Monday, but the embezzlement trial of his former manager had to be put off because Judge Zahra was sick.

Titus Emanuel Day, who is 49 years old, has pleaded not guilty to 50 charges, including stealing money owed to Sebastian from royalties and performance fees through fraud.

He also says he is not guilty of 50 other counts of theft.

Sebastian gave his first testimony on Wednesday. He told the jury that his former manager told him he would get a share of his company if the foundation became a client, but then stole almost $900,000 from him.

The Crown says that Day stole the money between 2013 and 2020. Between 2009 and 2017, Day managed Sebastian through his company 6 Degrees.

But Day's lawyer told the jury that his client has a defense for every charge and that the police may have been fooled by the singer's fame.

Titus Day shows up at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney. He used to be the manager of the musician Guy Sebastian.
Titus Day shows up at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney. He used to be the manager of the musician Guy Sebastian.

Guy drops out of shows

Sebastian had two shows planned for May 10 and 11, but he had to cancel them because he tested positive for COVID.

Guy said in a statement on Thursday, "I am completely heartbroken."

"I couldn't wait to go on stage in Cairns and Townsville.

"I'm so sorry to let my fans down, and as a thank you for their patience and understanding, I promise to do something even more special once I can perform again."

Tim McGregor, the tour manager for TEG Live, said that the health and safety of the performers, the tour crew, and the people in the audience were the most important things.

"Touring in these times is definitely hard, but the safety and health of our artists, fans, tour crew, and venue staff will always be our top priority," he said.

"I can assure you that we are working hard to confirm the new dates, and ticket holders will be notified soon."

We hope to get the show back on the road as soon as we can."

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