The 50-year-old had been sentenced to a minimum of two-and-a-half years in jail.
Titus Day – the embattled former manager of Guy Sebastian – has been released from jail after his lawyer successfully appealed a point that contributed to his sentencing.
Day managed Sebastian over a decade, from 2007 to 2017, first via the agency 22 Management and then through his own company, 6 Degrees. They reportedly severed ties on bad terms in 2017, and began civil proceedings in Federal Court shortly thereafter. The 50-year-old manager was arrested in 2020, and the trial sprawled on until November of 2022.
It was then that a jury found Day guilty of 34 counts of embezzlement, adding up to a total of $624,675 of earnings that should have made it to Sebastian between 2013 and 2020. Included was $187,524 that Sebastian was owed from his 2013 tour supporting Taylor Swift. Day was sentenced to a maximum of four years in Jail, ineligible for parole until he’d served two-and-a-half years.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, the 50-year-old has now been allowed to walk free, after serving just seven months in jail. It’s said that Supreme Court barrister Bret Walker argued three appeal points in the Court Of Criminal Appeal last week, one of which being that the Crown prosecutor’s closing address last November actually indicated a miscarriage of justice – the Crown prosecutor cited Day’s inability to prove his innocence, despite the onus being on Sebastian’s lawyers to prove his guilt.
The Crown reportedly argued that nothing from the prosecutors final address could have swayed the outcome, saying any potential prejudice they caused to arise “was cured by the very firm directions given by the trial judge”. Walker was not satisfied with this, reportedly saying that “even an impeccable direction could not avail against this repeated, concerted and powerful approach by the Crown”, constituting multiple breaches of the Evidence Act.
Word of this appeal point’s success reached Day’s lawyer, Lauren MacDougall, yesterday afternoon (June 27). She applied for Day to be released within a matter of hours, and Day was subsequently granted bail in the evening. SMH notes that outcomes are yet to be determined as they pertain to the other two points raised.
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At the time of writing, Sebastian has not publicly acknowledged Day’s release from jail.
Back in January, police were called to Sebastian’s home after his 65-year-old neighbour allegedly threatened to kill him and kicked over his fence.