NUS law prof claims he paid ex-student for gifts, dinner

The law professor accused in a sex-for-grades case said Tuesday that he subsequently paid for the gifts and dinner showered on him by a former student.

In the fourth day of his trial, Tey Tsun Hang of the National University of Singapore said that in early July he made out a cheque to Darinne Ko for $2,500 for the Montblanc pen, tailored shirts, iPod she gave him, as well as a dinner they had together.

He applied to the court for his cheque book entry concerning the transaction to be submitted for forensic ink and handwriting tests.

As she did not cash the cheque, he then gave her cash as payment, he claimed.

Ko, however, denied ever receiving the cheque or cash.

"Based on my recollection, no such cheque was given," she said.

Tey Tsun Hang is facing six charges of corruptly obtaining gifts and sex from Ko between May and July 2010 in exchange for better grades.

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