Updated: 05/08/2013 01:18

Judge threatens to issue arrest warrant for absentee witness



Judge threatens to issue arrest warrant for absentee witness

The judge presiding over the corruption trial of the law professor today warned that a warrant of arrest will be issued, if a defence witness fails to turn up in court. 

This is the sternest warning yet from the Chief District Judge, Tan Siong Thye, who indicated that the trial be wrapped up today. 

His warning follows a defence witness, Dr Tommy Tan's refusal to testify in court after being subpoenaed.

Previously, the court heard Dr Tan underwent an eye operation and was not fit to testify. 

Today, Senior Counsel Peter Low, who is representing Tey Tsun Hang in the sex-for-grades trial, told the court that Dr Tan is unable to testify in court as he was 'busy with clients'. 

But the judge ordered Mr Low to convey the ramifications to Dr Tan. 

Later in the day, the court heard Dr Tan is only able to attend court on Friday. 

But the judge issued a warrant of arrest, saying Dr Tan is to turn up tomorrow.

The judge said if Dr Tan fails to show up tomorrow, he will be arrested to court by the police. 

Earlier in the day, four witnesses gave evidence in court, including assistant registrar Colin Seow. 

Tey, 42, faces six counts of corruptly obtaining gifts and sex from his former student, Darinne Ko, in return for giving her better grades between May and July 2010. 

If convicted, Tey could be jailed up to five years and fined $100,000 on each charge.

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