Guy’s ‘breathtaking double standards’: court

Guy Sebastian showed “breathtaking double standards” when he “stole money” from his former manager, a court has told.

Guy Sebastian denied “all liability” and displayed “breathtaking double standards” when he diverted and “stole” money from his former manager, a court has heard.

Titus Day, 49, pleaded not guilty to a series of charges related to the alleged misappropriation of nearly $900,000 in royalties, performances and ambassador revenue owed by the singer.

After a six-week lawsuit from the NSW District Court, Mr Day’s attorney Dominic Toomey continued his closing speech to the jury on Monday, where he told the court that the pop singer was trying to get his former manager off his commission.

“It is the most breathtaking double standard that when Mr. Day withheld money, he acted criminally,” Toomey told the jury.

“Mr Sebastian himself acknowledged that Mr Day was entitled to the money and he only had the right to make sure he got it.”

He told the court that the pop singer started funneling money into his own accounts in 2017 and “tried to get Mr Day removed” from his rights.

“When Mr. Sebastian was diverted money…he knew he had money that belonged to Mr. Day, but they say he didn’t do anything wrong…that’s the most breathtaking proposition.

“He stole; it was eclipse, and you have to see it as such.”

The court was told that the police officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Constable David Murphy, had a potential conflict of interest in the handling of the case because the report on Mr Day’s alleged crimes was done by Mr Sebastian in freeing the company of his best friend Tim.

Freeburn had played cricket with Constable Murphy, who had previously told the court that he had verbally raised the conflict of interest with a police inspector and been allowed to hear the case, but did not accept a statement from Mr Freeburn due to the social connection.

“You might find it remarkable if he admits he had a real conflict,” Toomey told the jury on Monday.

“You would certainly accept that he had a potential conflict of interest in a detailed criminal investigation … the officer in charge had a social connection with the complainant.”

Toomey told the court Constable Murphy’s connection to Mr Sebastian prevented him from pushing the singer for more details.

“Because of his social connections with Mr Sebastian and his best friend Mr Freedman, that was the reason why he didn’t pressure Mr Sebastian and why he didn’t conduct investigations that we have investigated with him,” Mr Toomey said.

“He accepted that they were relevant lines of research and there was nothing stopping him, but he chose not to.”

Mr Toomey told the court that Mr Sebastian was “evasive” and tried to “deny any liability” while testifying at the trial.

He explained that Mr. Day was a man with an “impeccable record” and that if the jury found him guilty, they would accept that he was a man who “decided to take a life of crime in his forties”.

“If you withdraw from serving your verdict, you must file a conviction on every point,” Toomey said in his closing remarks.

“You should send Mr Sebastian and Mr Day back to the Federal Court of Australia where it all started to find out what a commercial dispute is and always has been.”

Mr Sebastian denies any allegation and maintains his innocence.

Judge Tim Gartelmann SC began his brief summary for the jury Monday afternoon, explaining to the jury what to consider when deliberating on the verdict.

He is expected to complete his comments on Tuesday, when the jury withdraws to reach a decision.

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