He was so interested in the match fixing industry that he wanted to write a book about it.
This was what defence lawyer Thong Chee Kun said of his client during the sex-for-match- fixing trial on Thursday.
Businessman Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, is on trial for allegedly bribing three Lebanese match officials with prostitutes hours before they were due to officiate an Asian Football Confederation match.
Mr Thong said that Ding had told Mr Stanley Ho, who was then a sub-editor with The New Paper, about his intention to write a book about match fixing.
E-mail exchanges between Mr Ho, 37, and Ding, some of which contained news articles, were revealed in court.
During cross-examination of Mr Ho, Mr Thong said that Ding had asked for those articles "for his book".
Mr Ho replied: "(Ding) wanted to know what was published in The New Paper for that day."
Ding was based in Thailand then and did not have access to TNP, he added.
A sub-editor at The Straits Times now, Mr Ho said Ding gave him insider information on match fixing.