Tennis coach Nick Philippoussis has stroke in US jail and may never face sexual assault trial
Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis has a break down massive stroke inside of a US jail and definately will likely never face trial for charges he sexual assaulted two children he familiarized with California.
A North park judge was told on Thursday 68-year-old Philippoussis, the dad of former world top 10 Australian player Mark Philippoussis, is catatonic once the stroke and has been held under guard and handcuffed with a bed in a public hospital for a lot of months.
Philippoussis Sr faced an optimum life in prison sentence if found guilty of 14 charges with regards to sexual assault of kids under 10-years-old and lewd acts upon children. The criminal case is already on hold pending his health.
“He is conscious, though not addressing any stimuli,” Philippoussis Sr’s lawyer Ryan Tegnelia said. “The easy describe his state can be catatonic.”
The two alleged victims were nine years of age and Philippoussis Sr allegedly assaulted them for about each year within locations including his car, home in addition to a tennis complex.
Philippoussis Sr have been held at Hillcrest City jail since his shock arrest after a morning raid on his New york home in July.
He suffered the stroke in November for the jail, was transported into a public hospital and contains been handcuffed to some bed and guarded by sheriff deputies.
Tegnelia rejected speculation Philippoussis can be faking illness to protect yourself from a trial and jail.
“No is attempting accused him when you attempt to drag a simple one,” Tegnelia said.
Philippoussis Sr may be trapped in jail on $US9.2 million bail, but Tegnelia, with all the support of prosecutors, successfully demanded the bail to generally be lifted and that he take place on his own recognisance.
This would halt the demand for guards and handcuffs and permit his son as well as other relatives to see with fewer restrictions.
He will in hospital with the exceptional passport has been handed over to prosecutors.
Deputy district attorney Garret Wong said he has consulted the physicians maintaining Philippoussis Sr and was told “his prognosis was poor”. “We felt he would not pose a menace to the public’s safety,” Wong said.
The alleged victims and also their families were also briefed on Philippoussis Sr’s condition and told he was not a threat.
A court was scheduled for June to guage his condition. “We have already been informed recovery is not really probably,” Tegnelia said.