Sunday, January 13, 2013

I had sex on sofa with my students , so what?

Professor Tey : I had sex on sofa with my students

THE sofa in his office was in a rich shade of red. It was where law professor Tey Tsun Hang allegedly had sex with Miss Darinne Ko Wen Hui, now 23, twice.

In statements to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), however, Tey had also alleged that he had sex with another female student on that two-seater sofa.

Yesterday, he told the court that the statement was "a false confession" and was made under "harsh treatment".

Tey named her in court when he was making an application to the court for her examination transcript.

Tey told the court that he had made a statement to the CPIB which said he had "corruptly extracted sex" from her.

The statement also said that he had taken a number of personal items from the woman, who graduated in 2009.

Clad again in a lawyer's robe while standing in the dock, Tey is defending himself, with his solicitor, Mr Peter Low, advising him.

The name of another former student was also mentioned in court yesterday.

But there were no details on the nature of the relationship between Tey and the man, who graduated in 2010.

The names of both former students were raised during Tey's application for their complete four-year result transcript and the raw marks and grades of their Directed Research thesis, which they took under Tey.

These applications were part of 44 requests for disclosure of information that Tey made to the court at the start of the proceedings yesterday, which kept Miss Ko, the prosecution's first witness, off the witness stand for more than half the day yesterday.

The other requests are also related to the grades of Miss Ko and two other students from her cohort.

One of them includes a male student whom Miss Ko called her "best friend" several times on the first day of the trial on Thursday.

That student is also listed as a prosecution witness.

These applications by Tey were not new - he had earlier made criminal motions for documents from NUS, the public prosecutor and Alexandra Hospital to the High Court.

But two of the motions were dismissed by Justice Quentin Loh in late September.

A criminal motion is an application for a court order, specifically in a criminal proceeding. Documents obtained via the court order could potentially be used as evidence in a trial.

In response to Tey's renewed request for the woman's grades yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Andre Jumabhoy said that Tey "knows fully well that there are no charges for this count".

He also said that how Tey had acted towards the woman is irrelevant for the purpose of this trial.

He also raised the issue that the "constant repetition against CPIB can and should be properly made to the officers when they come to the court to give evidence".

Among the 44 things that Tey asked for are the grades, examination booklets and ranking of Miss Ko in various subjects for various academic years.

'Waste of time'

Towards the end of the morning's proceedings, Mr Jumabhoy said the applications by Tey were "a complete waste of time".

Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye also told off both parties, saying the whole morning had been "wasted on unnecessary things" which should have been sorted out earlier.

"Why are you wasting our time," the judge asked Tey.

The prosecution argued that the information Tey asked for isn't relevant to the trial and that he has been given the documents he is entitled to.

Tey said: "I take strong objection to my learned prosecution's remarks that it is a complete waste of the court's time.

"It is tantamount to saying that the defendant has financial position to waste on counsel's speed."