Roger Federer: judge handling court case says he is too ill to attend

The judge on the mixed martial arts court who oversees the NRL hearing has said he is too ill to see the relevant post since pre-dawn calls were made to his telephone on 8…

Roger Federer: judge handling court case says he is too ill to attend

The judge on the mixed martial arts court who oversees the NRL hearing has said he is too ill to see the relevant post since pre-dawn calls were made to his telephone on 8 April

The judge hearing the case involving the Australian Open champion Roger Federer, double Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and the victim of a car-jacking case has revealed he is no longer well enough to investigate the case on the night of the incident.

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As the three-day hearing concluded on Saturday night the administrative judge Ings Henderson stressed he was too ill to attend after receiving calls from scores of different phone numbers at dawn on 8 April when the Scot was yet to make any statement on the case.

Henderson, who is normally well-liked by all sides, told the court he only now remembered that if there was any concern about his health he should have sought the permission of the court in Hobart before accepting calls.

“I was sick so I could not attend … I didn’t bother to phone them before accepting any calls,” he said.

The jet-lagged and ill judge was worried he was about to become a victim in a robbery when someone on the other end of a call began to shout threats at him to hang up the phone.

“I was on a plane when I received 100 phone calls by 7.30am,” Henderson said.

At the end of a tense three days the court heard from 79 witnesses and got numerous questions from the jury on evidence presented during the case.

• This article was amended on 1 May 2017. The original referred to the popular tennis show, Bring It On, which is a US television series.

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