Former law professor Tey Tsun Hang, accused of obtaining sex and gifts from one of his students, was on Friday acquitted of corruption by the High Court.
But even as he cleared Mr Tey of criminal wrongdoing, Justice Woo Bih Li had strong words for the ex-professor, saying that he was "a man without honour".
Mr 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, giving his decision in a packed courtroom on Friday, said that Mr Tey had abused his position as a lecturer and had exploited law student Darinne Ko.
Pointing to three cards and a note as well as e-mail exchanges in which Ms Ko had written affectionate messages to Mr Tey, Justice Woo concluded that she was in love with him at the time.
Justice Woo said the trial judge was wrong in concluding that her intention of giving him 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 Mr Tey's conduct, in the way he exploited Ms Ko and the way he conducted his defence during the trial.
"Although the appellant may consider 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
A gynaecologist who had sex with a minor even though he knew she was more than 40 years his junior when he met her for the first time, was sentenced to 10 months in jail today (Feb 26).
Ong Theng Kiat, 63, pleaded guilty last October to two charges of having sex with a minor and agreed to have 11 other charges that included oral sex, taken into consideration.
Ong pleaded guilty today to one other charge of breaching the Medical Registration Act by giving a false declaration in order to obtain a medical practising certificate on July 31, last year. He was fined S$4,000 for this.
Previously, the court heard that Ong, now a grandfather, got to know the girl in 2011 through a dating website when she was 14 years old, and he, 61. She had indicated on her profile on the website that she was 18 as that was the minimum age required to register an account.
Ong sent the girl a lengthy message and the pair then exchanged phone numbers and began texting each other. It was through these texts that the girl informed Ong that she was 14 years old.
After he had asked her to meet up, the court heard that the pair eventually met four times — in September 2011 and sometime in early 2012.
The court was told that at their first meeting in September, Ong drove her to Bukit Brown Cemetery, located along Lorong Halwa, where she changed out of her school uniform.
Ong then told the girl that he was 40 years old and that his work was related to stocks.
Later, he took her to a hotel where they had sex. He then asked her to take two morning-after pills.
In early 2012, Ong picked the girl up from school and proceeded to the cemetery, where they had sex in the back seat of his car.
Last October, Ong’s lawyers submitted a psychiatric report to the court to show that there was a causal link between his offences and his major depressive disorder.
But prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz argued that there was no causal link.
She had previously highlighted several aggravating factors such as the wide age disparity, and the evidence that Ong had intended to engage in sexual activity from the first meeting.
The prosecutor had told the court that Ong had given the girl contraceptives, which would not have been readily available to her and this was done with a clear purpose in mind.
In further mitigation today, Ong’s lawyer Sunil Sudheesan urged the court to show leniency as the death of Ong’s wife had a great impact on him. He also countered the prosecution’s point about giving the girl contraceptives, saying Ong simply did not want the minor to end up with an unwanted pregnancy.
District Judge Soh Tze Bian said that regardless of consent, there is a need to deter such cases, given the vulnerability of the girl.
He said the sentencing range for such cases is between 10 and 15 months’ jail, and that there was no reason to impose a lower sentence as submitted by the defence. But the judge added he was prepared to impose a sentence at the lighter end of that range.
- TODAY newspaper
An electrical wireman who threatened to post nude photos of 17 women online if they did not have sex with him was jailed for 32 months on Thursday.
Mani Velmurugan, 28, an Indian national, had posed as a Caucasian to the women he met through an online live chat website called Badoo last year.
Using a photo of a Caucasian for his profile, he told some of them he was from England or Canada and introduced himself as Adam, Mark, Adam Mark or Mark Adam. His victims, aged between 21 and 39, hailed from a range of professions, such as clerk, manager and interior designer.
A district court heard on Thursday that he would send the women nude photographs purportedly of himself and tricked them into sending him their nude pictures and in some cases, things like their passport information.
He threatened to post their nude photographs online if they did not go to bed with him. Two had sex with him so as to delete their nude photographs and personal details from his mobile phone. But one of them, a 29-year-old, later found out that he still had her nude photographs and went to the police in August last year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sheryl Janet George highlighted several aggravating factors like the many victims and how Velmurugan had committed the offences under a false identity. He had also continued to threaten two of the victims.
Velmurugan , who is married with three children in India, could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each charge.
- The Straits Times
The Catholic Archbishop William Goh has reassured believers of the Church's position that family - comprising heterosexual couples with children - remains the "indispensable, basic building block of society".
But he is also exploring the setting up of support groups for those "struggling with same sex attraction", which would also help their loved ones who have difficulty accepting them.
In a statement on Monday, the Archbishop explained that the Church's non-public engagement of opposing groups on the issue of the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) controversial Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on sexuality is by no means evidence of its "flight" from its "Christian calling to speak the truth and defend the cause of the family", he said.
Uploaded on the board's website last November, the list of 28 questions, which address issues like gender orientation, homosexuality and sexually transmitted infections, first created buzz online early this month.
Last Thursday, the Church called for constructive dialogue on the matter. Its statement came a day after the National Council of Churches of Singapore criticised the HPB's advisory, for coming across as "normalising" same-sex relationships.
So as to not risk polarising society, Archbishop Goh reiterated that constructive dialogue with the authorities is the best path to take. "As in all politically and socially sensitive issues, we believe that the best way forward is for all to calmly and purposefully engage in constructive dialogue in a spirit of patient understanding, mutual respect and compassion, always working towards the promotion of justice and dignity of the individual and for the greater good of society."
He said he is aware that some of the Church's "faithful are confused and are struggling to come to terms with their own sexuality, or that of their loved ones".
"I wish to take this opportunity to assure you that the Church feels with you and views every individual as unique and precious in the eyes of God, regardless of his or her sexual inclination or state of life," said Archbishop Goh.
- The Straits Times
The conduct of a teacher who had underage sex with one of his students and exploited another was "nothing short of deplorable".
In sentencing Yeo Chang Yong on Tuesday to 26 months in jail for the offences, District Judge Wong Choon Ning said Yeo, 30, had broken a sacred trust.
"You are, what one may call, every parent's nightmare. You supervise and monitor our children closely as we are aware of the possible dangers that they may come across in their daily lives, given their immaturity and naivety. There was deliberate and systematic sexual exploitation of the two minors under your care."
Yeo, who faced nine charges, had pleaded guilty to two charges of having sex with a 15-year-old student at a hotel and his home in Tampines in 2010. He had also admitted to fondling the breasts of a 14-year-old student at Pasir Ris Park.
While Judge Wong took into account Yeo's clean record and his plea of guilt, she added: "However, the sentences to be meted out must reflect the gravity of the offences, and the revulsion which this court, and I believe, the general community feel towards such conduct by the accused. The sentence must also be appropriately stiff to deter other potential like-minded offenders."
The court heard that Yeo was posted as a contract teacher to the two victims' school in 2009 and went back to the National Institute of Education to complete his postgraduate diploma the following year when the offences occurred.
When the first minor, then in Secondary 3, learnt that Yeo was giving maths tuition in 2010, she joined his classes.
They met at a McDonald's outlet in August that year and began to communicate regularly via text messages.
After one lesson, he dated her and they ended up resting in a hotel room although they did not have sex then.
Their fist sexual encounter was at Fragrance Hotel in Selegie Road in October 2010. They had sex again at his home when he was on sick leave the following month.
In the case of the other minor, Yeo was teaching her computer applications in 2009. The following year she asked him to tutor her in maths and they did so over "Skype".
On Aug 7, 2010, he brought her to Pasir Ris Park and fondled her breasts there.
The offences came to light when the first minor lodged a police report in September 2012 after learning that while Yeo was still dating her, he had tried to woo one of her friends.
Yeo, who has been suspended, could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined for each sex offence. For committing an obscene act with a young person, he could have been fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to two years.
- The Straits Times
A man who had sex with two underage girls on separate occasions was jailed for 27 months on Monday.
Part-time waiter Ryan Nicholas Shah, 27, pleaded guilty to having sex with a drunk 15-year-old girl in July 2012, and a 14-year-old girl at his flat in Bedok Reservoir Road in August 2011.
He is the second man to be jailed for having underage sex with the 15-year-old girl at *Scape skate park. The other accused, Muhammad Hairuniezam Marwi, 24, is serving seven months' jail after admitting to having oral sex with her.
A district court heard that the girl had joined a group of people, including Shah and Hairuniezam, at *Scape on July 9, 2012 and was drinking alcoholic cocktails with them.
Subsequently, Shah and the girl, who was drunk by then, went behind one of the walls to relieve themselves.
Shortly after that, Shah asked the girl to perform sexual acts on him which she did.
While they were having sex, Hairuniezam came along and requested the girl to perform oral sex for him, and she agreed to it.
Later, Hairuniezam left while the girl and Shah carried on their sexual activity. The two men subsequently sent her home in a cab.
The girl's mother found out what had happened and called the police.
In the earlier incident, the court heard that Shah met the 14-year-old at *Scape through a mutual friend. They entered into a relationship in May 2011
Shah had invited the girl to his home on several occasions, and they often had oral sex.
In August that year, while the girl was there, Shah asked her if he could have sex with her but she was hesitant. He persisted and went ahead despite her reluctance. It was the first time that she had sexual intercourse.
The pair also had sex at her home on numerous occasions.
When she wanted to break off with him in early 2012, he refused and continued to ask her for sex.
As a result of her sexual activities with Shah, the victim sought help from a psychologist who diagnosed her with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.
Shah could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each of the three charges proceeded against him.
- The Straits Times
A quantity surveyor who captured an "upskirt" video of a woman on his mobile phone was jailed for six weeks on Friday.
Lee Chung Kean, 26, a Malaysian, pleaded guilty to intruding into the privacy of the 24-year-old woman at the Singapore Pools branch in Jurong West Street 52 on Jan 9 this year.
The court heard that the victim was at the Singapore Pools outlet writing lottery tickets when one of her two male friends noticed Lee walking very close to her while he was holding onto his mobile phone and wallet.
A short while later, the victim's friend saw Lee still standing close to the victim while looking down at his mobile phone.
He confronted Lee, and upon checking his cellphone, found a video recording of the victim taken from under her dress. He detained Lee and called the police.
Lee could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for insulting the modesty of the woman.
- The Straits Times
A 34-year-old bio-technologist from India who rubbed his crotch against the buttocks of a 19-year-old commuter on a crowded MRT train was jailed for four months on Tuesday.
Jayaraman Kannan, who is working here, pleaded guilty to using criminal force to outrage the victim's modesty at about 9am on Aug 18 last year. He could have been jailed for up to two years, or fined, or sentenced to both.
The teenager was travelling on the train between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok MRT stations when Jayaraman exposed his penis and committed the offence. She turned around and he quickly zipped up. She slapped his face and informed SMRT staff when she reached the Bukit Gombak MRT station. Police were summoned and arrested Jayaraman.
Defence counsel Vasantha Kumar said that his client, who is married, had acted totally out of character.
"He has ruined his current employment with a multi-national company and is very likely to be deported after serving his sentence," said the lawyer.
Asking the court to impose an appropriate jail sentence, Assistant Public Prosecutor Jayarajan G.K. said that the offender had pressed himself against the victim repeatedly.
- The Straits Times
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