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Published: Saturday March 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday March 1, 2014 MYT 7:15:22 AM

Ex-don cleared of corruption

FORMER law professor Tey Tsun Hang (pic), who was accused of obtaining sex and gifts from one of his students, has been acquitted of corruption by the High Court.

Former National University of Singapore (NUS) law professor Tey Tsun Hang arriving at the Subordinate Courts on 26 June 2013 to begin his five-month jail term for corruption. He said he intends to leave Singapore after being released from prison. He was found guilty of six counts of corruptly obtaining gifts and sex from his former NUS student Darinne Ko.

But even as he cleared Tey of criminal wrongdoing, Justice Woo Bih Li had strong words for the ex-professor, saying that he was “a man without honour”.

Tey, 42, was not in court to hear the decision. He had chosen to serve the five-month jail term handed down by a district court that convicted him in June last year and has since been released from prison.

Justice Woo said Tey had abused his position as a lecturer and exploited law student Darinne Ko.

Pointing to three cards, a note and e-mail exchanges in which Ko had written affectionate messages to Tey, Justice Woo concluded that she was in love with him at the time.

Justice Woo also said that the trial judge was wrong in concluding that Ko’s intention of giving Tey gifts and having sex with him was because she was trying to get better grades in return.

“The trial judge was wrong to equate morally reprehensible conduct with what is legally wrong,” said Justice Woo.

However, Justice Woo had strong words for Tey’s conduct, the way he exploited Ko and the way he conducted his defence during the trial.

“Although the appellant may consider that my decision has vindicated him, I vindicate him of the charges only.

“This court does not condone the way he abused his position,” he said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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