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Sex-for-grades case: Ex-NUS law prof Tey succeeds in appeal against conviction

SINGAPORE — Former National university of Singapore law professor Tey Tsun Hang has succeeded in his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Photo: Ernest Chua

Photo: Ernest Chua

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SINGAPORE — Former National University of Singapore law professor Tey Tsun Hang has succeeded in his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

A fine of S$514.80 - equivalent to the value of two tailored shirts and part cost of a dinner - which he was ordered to pay will also be refunded to him.

Justice Woo Bih Li had found that Tey’s former student Ms Darinne Koh, in giving him gifts and having sexual relations, did not do so with intention of getting better grades.

He also said that the trial judge had erred in equating a “morally reprehensible act” with legal wrong and set aside all six charges against Tey.

However, Justice Woo had harsh words for Tey. He said that Tey was a “man without honour” who had exploited his student and that he should take a “long hard look” at himself.

Tey has also completed a five-month jail term pending the result of the appeal. He was released in October last year.

"This criminal trial has been a long journey. I am glad Prof Tey has been acquitted  by a court of law of all 6 corruption charges," said Peter Low, Tey's lawyer.

NUS said in a statement that they were aware of the decision made this morning (Feb 28), but they would still have to undertake some consideration before reinstating him.

"Mr Tey may choose to petition for reinstatement at NUS, but he would remain liable for any acts contrary to the NUS Staff Code of Conduct," the statement read.

"In the event that he does seek to return to NUS, the University would first appoint its own Committee of Inquiry to determine whether Mr Tey is guilty of any misconduct and, if so, what sanctions are warranted."

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