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The judge closed Tey Tsun Hang’s appeal hearing, vowing to consider why the former law professor told his student to have an abortion when he claimed they were in a “loving relationship”.
High Court Justice Woo Bih Li yesterday also questioned why he told Darinne Ko he had no money to pay for the abortion in 2010 when he was working for the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Tey, 42, was again absent from court.
He is appealing against his conviction – for corruptly obtaining gifts and sex from Ko – and five-month sentence from which he was released on Oct 5.
Ko’s pregnancy came under scrutiny after Tey’s lawyer Peter Low listed evidence and circumstances that Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye used to conclude that Tey had corrupt intent and was guilty.
Justice Woo interjected and wanted to know what had been said about Ko’s abortion during the main trial earlier this year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Jumabhoy said Ko called to inform Tey about the baby, and she was told by him to abort it. He claimed to have no money to pay for the abortion.
Justice Woo noted Ko, now 23, had been a student with no independent income while Tey was an associate professor at NUS. He had reportedly been “drawing a comfortable salary of S$225,000 (RM573,577)” there. Justice Woo said it was a point he would consider.
“Here is a man who says it was a ‘mutually loving relationship’ but who also said ‘get rid of it’ and that he didn’t have money,” he said.
In his closing submissions, Low revisited his client’s defence that the relationship was “mutually loving”.
Earlier in the day, DPP Jumabhoy furthered the prosecution’s argument there was corrupt intent on Tey’s part.
He also argued that as a law lecturer and a former district judge, Tey “would have been aware of the conflict” – of being in a position of influence over the student and her academic performance.
Referring to the university’s code of conduct, DPP Jumabhoy said: “If rules are there and you carry on, the only inference to be drawn from such conduct is that you intended to breach them.” — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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