Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye on Tuesday, adjourned proceedings at the sex-for-grades corruption trial for ten minutes, to allow law professor Tey Tsun Hang to collect himself.
This after Tey, 41, teared up on the witness stand as he recollected the events leading to his "fifth confession" on May 18 last year.
He had also paused mid-sentence and later removed his glasses, and started taking deep breaths.
Tey had told the court earlier that he felt "really sick" after Mr Teng Khee Fatt, the deputy director of investigations at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), had provided "constant inducement to prosecute two Assistant Registrars", who had allegedly sought legal opinions from Tey, under the Official Secrets Act.
"I was sick, really sick and I still had to run around for my father's appointments, arranging for private ambulance," he recounted.
His father had at the time just undergone two brain surgeries at the National Neuroscience Institute for accelerated dementia, Tey had told the court Monday.
A trial within a trial is underway to determine if six statements Tey recorded by CPIB officers were made voluntarily and not under duress, and as such can be admitted in court as evidence.
Tey, a former district judge and a suspended associate professor at National University of Singapore, faces six charges of obtaining gifts and sex from former student Ms Darinne Ko Wen Hui, 23, in return for better grades.