The high-profile Sydney judge presiding over the fraud case involving Guy Sebastian’s former manager has died, just days after he was put on life support.
Judge Peter Zahra was rushed in an ambulance to Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Thursday after he suffered a stroke.
Zahra was a hugely respected figure in legal circles, ruling on numerous high profile cases, including the child sex conviction of Hey Dad star Robert Hughes.
At the time of being struck down by the stroke, Zahra was hearing the trial of Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day, who is accused of fleecing the Aussie popstar of more than $1 million over a decade.
Zahra’s sudden death will see the Sebastian-Day trial adjourned until next week when it will be reallocated to another judge.
Day allegedly pocketed money from royalties and gig fees that should have gone to the singer, but the agent has argued there was a clear answer for every charge.
Day worked for Sebastian for a decade until their relationship soured in 2017 – leading to civil action and now a criminal trial.