30 Oct '12, 12pm
Former Maris Stella principal Anthony Tan Kim Hock had "wide discretion and authority" over use of school funds
Former Maris Stella High School principal Anthony Tan Kim Hock had "wide discretion and authority" to use the school funds, his lawyer said on the second day of his trial on Tuesday. The 65-year-old, who spent 25 years as the school's principal, faces 21 charges of criminal breach of trust, but the prosecution is proceeding on only one count of misappropriation of $67,700. The rest have been stood down to be pursued at a later date. In outlining his defence today, Tan's lawyer Peter Low brought up facts such as the lack of rules in the running of the school and the "hands-off" attitude of the Board of Management, which was to meet four times a year, but did so twice a year only. A key part of his client's defence, said Mr Low, was that he had "wide discretion and authority" to use the school funds.