Ex-CNB chief on trial

Ng Boon Gay has no case to answer: Defence lawyer

Defence lawyer Tan Chee Meng today said that his client, former top cop Ng Boon Gay, has no case to answer because the prosecution's evidence is "undesirably weak" in the sex-for-contracts trial.

Speaking after the prosecution closed its case, Mr Tan asked the court to grant the former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief, a discharge amounting to an acquittal.

Ng, 46, is facing four charges of obtaining sexual gratification from IT sales executive Cecilia Sue, 36, in exchange for furthering her employers' business interests.

According to Ms Sue's testimony in court, said Mr Tan, the four instances of sexual acts last year that Ng allegedly forced her to do were never completed.

This could not amount to gratification or a bribe, he said, and was rather a "frustration".

"If the prosecution's case is that the accused had forced Ms Sue to give him oral sex against her will, they should have charged him with outrage of modesty, or extortion or the like, and certainly not corruption," he said.

In persisting to prosecute the accused based on the four charges, he said, the prosecution was concerned only with the letter of the law and not the purpose of the law.

The defence does not intend to call Ng to the stand, but this will depend on what district judge Siva Shanmugam decides. He will do so after Mr Tan, who is halfway through reading his 23-page submissions to the court, has finished.