CPIB officer tells court Tey could not remember own name, IC & address at hospital
The law professor defending himself in his corruption trial could not remember his name, identity card number and address on the day he was supposed to be discharged from hospital.
The prosecution's 8th witness, Mr Wilson Khoo of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), said this in court on Friday morning.
He said the accused, Tey Tsun Hang, was overheard saying this to the staff at Alexandra Hospital while he was getting discharged on 4 April 2012.
Tey, 41, was admitted to the hospital on 2 April 2012 - the day he was at the CPIB for questioning.
During the time there, Tey felt unwell and was sent to hospital by ambulance.
He was to be discharged two days later but while making arrangements to do so, one of the doctors declared that he was not ready to leave hospital care.
Mr Khoo told the court that Tey appeared unexpectedly at the CPIB the next day - ready to give his statement.
During the interview, Mr Khoo said Tey asked him to tell him about the bribes he allegedly received, as well as what he had allegedly done in exchange for them.
Mr Khoo said he told Tey that he was the one who was giving the statement and asked Tey to say whatever he could recall.
Previously, Tey had claimed that CPIB investigator Bay Chun How showed him a list with the names of students and the gifts they purportedly gave.
He said Mr Bay, who took the stand on Thursday (17 Jan), had asked him to confirm the names of the students and gifts.
But Mr Bay disagreed.
Towards the last half hour of the morning's proceedings, Tey sprang a surprise during his cross-examination of Mr Khoo.
He showed the witness a receipt of a psychiatric consultation with Dr Tommy Tan, and said Dr Tan will be called to the stand.
This was met with strong objection by the prosecution, which made it clear that this was uncalled for and that the witness was not in a position to answer questions pertaining to Dr Tan.
Tey, who had not told the prosecution that Dr Tan would be called as a defence witness, rebutted - saying that the prosecution had not been willing to disclose information and provide material to the defence.
Lead prosecutor Andre Jumabhoy said he resented the suggestion that the prosecution has not complied with its disclosure obligations.
He said Tey had known of the list of prosecution witnesses two weeks before the trial, which was "more than he has a right to expect".
Mr Jumabhoy then said the accused has not been straight with the court.
In the end, Tey said he would serve the relevant information to the prosecution.
Tey, a former district judge, faces allegations that he corruptly obtained gratification in the form of gifts and sex from a former student, Ms Darinne Ko Wen Hui, who's now 23, in return for lifting her grades.
He allegedly committed the offences between May and July 2010.
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